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Local primary school receives visit from the Ouse Washes project team

Jackson, EA and Mott MacDonald delivered a presentation and practical experiment to pupils in year three and four at Sutton C of E V C Primary School to help them learn about the history of Ouse Washes and how it operates today.

The practical experiment included using sand, gravel, soil, and clays to get the students thinking about the best material and methods of retaining water. This activity aimed to highlight the importance of keeping the reservoir protected to reduce the risk of flooding to local homes and business, even their school.

Each pupil received a Jackson ‘Good Works’ mug and a customised hi-vis vest with Jackson, EA and school logo to help them ‘Be Safe, Be Seen’ on their walk to school. This is particularly relevant with the current lorry movements of material which are being delivered to the Ouse Washes project from local quarries.

Senior Quantity Surveyor, Jamie Abbott said: “It’s really important to spread the word of what we do to the local communities that we are helping to protect, whether young or old. It was really enjoyable to go on a school visit like this and try to encourage youngsters to think about a potential future in engineering and construction, in a wide range of different roles. It was very pleasing to see lots of the kids raise their hand at the end to show their interest in becoming an engineer!”

Jackson is currently working on a £27m flood defence scheme for the Environment Agency to raise the Middle Level Barrier Bank from Earith to the Welmore Lake Sluice just past Welney. The works will see the bank raised from between 600mm and 800mm - depending on the section - along its 30km length and will take four summers to complete.