A group of Year 12 students from The Hermitage Academy, Chester-Le-Street, embarked on a collaborative project organised by the Environment Agency to create an academic poster informing the public about schemes of work on the River Wear. The final stop on their trip was Chester-Le-Street Flood Alleviation Scheme, a site which is run by Esh Civils and in close proximity to their school.
The Environment Agency project aims to raise awareness of the many schemes based around the River Wear catchment area, which focus on flood risk, water quality and wildlife. When asked to participate in the project, we were keen to become involved. With the current project taking place in the heart of Chester-le-Streets marketplace, we were eager to explain the engineering of the project and the benefits of the scheme to local students.
Students were given a tour of the scheme and were able to see where the flood wall would be extended. They looked at drawings and location for the stretch of the Burn which would soon be opened and, by using the artists impressions and technical drawings, students were able to see the new footpaths, seating and space for wildlife which will surround the 90 metre stretch of Burn. Throughout the visit, students were also encouraged to consider the future impact this scheme could have on the town.
Following the visit, students were able to develop their communication and team working skills through working collaboratively with businesses, organisations and each other to complete their information posters. As the summer break approached, students worked to a tight deadline in order to create 2 information posters which will be professionally produced following the summer break.