Water Academy's Flood Risk Management team visit Dumyat Centre in Menstrie

Menstrie Flood Risk Management (Learning for Sustainability) Community Engagement

On Thursday 23rd March 2017 Menstrie Primary School hosted the Flood Risk Management (Learning for Sustainability) community engagement event at the Dumyat Community Centre, Menstrie. Heriot-Watt University, Clackmannanshire Council, Scottish Flood Forum, SEPA, Tilhill, JBA Consulting Ltd, The Conservation Volunteers, Forestry Research and Tweed Flood Forum were among the participants showcasing their work in sustainable drainage, flood research and flood risk. The day was a great success, with over 300 local community members and students joining in the activities and interacting with the models and information presented at over 20 stands.

The students showcased their work on sustainability, ranging from landscape design (in a shoebox) -to designs for SEPA’s Floodline and the importance of urban water management – to ecosystem services and biodiversity field activities and bug hotel monitoring.

The Tweed Flood Forum ‘Integrated Catchment Model’ was of great interest to the primary students, illustrating the benefits of natural flood management and planned landscape management on slowing the flow and managing flood risk. The JBA ‘Mini Flume’ was excellent in illustrating hydraulic jumps and the impact of blocked trash screens on water levels.

The Council showcased what actions it takes to better manage flood risk, what impact climate change is having on the severity of emergency weather circumstances and what can be done to mitigate this, and also what the community can do to improve it’s resilience to emergency events . 

The event was well received by the community and supported by a wide range of environment and flood risk partners. Thank you to the Menstrie Primary School for the opportunity to showcase the Heriot-Watt University research on sustainable urban drainage and natural flood management to a diverse and engaged audience, and the opportunity to join in with the fun of sustainable learning fun.