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Rain garden workshops

Making a rain planter

Make a rain water planter

In this practical morning workshop, you will discover how to:

  • Choose a container and a position for a rain planter
  • Fit a downpipe diverter onto a downpipe and correctly install a water butt, allowing it to overflow into the rain planter
  • Add drainage, suitable soil and an overflow pipe to a rain planter
  • Choose plants that will thrive in the aspect and conditions

A handout will be provided detailing all the techniques, plants and materials used.
And each household will receive a free downpipe diverter to take home!

Best of all – Shalbourne Primary School will be left with three completed rain planters ready to receive rainwater and help keep our rivers clean.

Workshop led by:

  • Wendy Allen – RHS Gold medal-winning garden designer, specialising in creative rainwater management and sustainable drainage systems
  • Charlotte Hitchmough – Action for the River Kennet

Bring your own gloves and water. Tools and instruction provided, but useful tools if you wish to bring your own are: trowel, shovel, fork, battery drill, hacksaw, stanley knife.
Tea, coffee, cake provided.

This is the first in a series of Rain Garden UK workshops funded by Thames Water and Wiltshire Community Solar Fund