A community response to the water crisis in Cambridge

Our area is classed as water scarce. We see the local relationship with water is broken, and so is the urban water cycle.
Can we do something about it? YES! The water-sensitive approach sees freshwater as precious and valuable, and looks at restoring the water cycle by working with nature and not against it. We have a vision turning verges, gardens and parks into rain gardens to protect the places we love against flooding. This will not only restore groundwater and build healthier soils, but also creates lovely places for all residents – not just human ones – to live. It ain’t complicated, it just means thinking a bit differently.



You know that puddle that’s on your street? The one just outside the school? or the one you have to cycle around on the way to work?

We want to know about them! They just might be the place for our next rain garden!

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