QWAG has developed a free, new resource specifically aimed at schools in Greenwich and Lewisham boroughs.
The Education Displays tell the story of how the once-rural River Quaggy has been affected by urbanisation from Victorian times onwards. How its flood plain was built over and the river forced into concrete channels or underground pipes to control flooding. How pressure from the local community – championed by QWAG – led to the adoption of more environmentally-friendly flood alleviation measures. Finally, how these measures have allowed the river to be restored and integrated back into the landscape, creating river habitats for wildlife and attractive leisure areas for local people.
Schools’ studies of History, Science and Geography could all benefit from the story of the Quaggy. And the pressure group aspect is relevant to Citizenship studies, with its powerful underlying message that acting locally can make a difference.