Slow the Flow is a new document  outlining details of rain gardens & other DIY ideas to help protect Hassocks from flooding. Click on the icon right to download

JULIET MERRIFIELD of HKD Transition which has worked with HCO on flood projects in the village says:


There is a lot going on! It’s exciting to see things beginning to happen and we hope to secure funding to get a lot more done this year.

  • Adastra Park rain garden

  • Adastra Avenue rain garden (between the road and the stream, to store road runoff and slow its progress into the stream, reducing flooding downstream). 

  • Potential ‘rain garden street’ project in Chancellors Park – the idea being to demonstrate what can be done in one of the many residential streets in Hassocks with grass verges, to store runoff from the road and slow its flow into the storm drains and stream. 

  • Potential NFM in Adastra Park, along the stream on the north end.  

  • Potential NFM pond in Parklands Copse: this was identified in the WSCC Surface Water Management Plan for Hassocks, and this site would be ideal to reduce peak flows and pressure on Spitalford Bridge. 

  • Reducing flooding in Hassocks leaflet – a 4 page A5 leaflet to be delivered to all Hassocks homes, and will cover the kinds of things people can do in their own homes to help (water butts, rainbox planters, garden ponds, permeable paving etc) as well as some of our community projects.

  • Stream survey team – still doing quarterly stream surveys, with new sampling sites.


Sussex Wildlife Trust has come up with a number of suggestions which we can do as individuals to counteract flooding locally.

The Trust says: We want to help people to influence their environment and to help tackle our water and wetland issues. There is a whole wealth of ways that you can help improve the health of our rivers and wetlands in Sussex. For ideas, see our Make a Difference pages, or help us with some of the following :-


Reducing Flood Risk in Hassocks  – A Report by Peter King of Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust. February 2016

Make a rain garden - find out how.

Hassocks Community Organisation 2017