A RAIN garden at Preshute Primary School is reducing air pollution and protecting the River Kennet from harm.

The Manton school has worked with Action for the River Kennet to create a meadow and build numerous flowerbeds, which help filter rainwater from the school roofs and stop it rushing into the river.

Charlotte Hitchmough, of ARK, said: “It reduces pollution from ending up in the river. The water is directed into the beds, where the plants clean the water by capturing harmful particles. Lots of people are concerned about air quality and this reduces harmful particles being in the atmosphere.We couldn’t have done it without all the help from the community and local companies.”

Volunteers helped to create the project over the summer, as former pupils, staff from local companies, including NatWest, and current pupils grabbed a spade and got stuck in.

The garden is funded by grants from Thames River Trust, the Rivere Charitable Trust and Tesco Bags of Help.