The Flood Resilient Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Published on 07 May

We are thrilled to have worked on The Flood Resilient Garden featuring at this years Chelsea Flower Show in collaboration with Flood Re, Dr Ed Barsley and Naomi Slade. Our experienced team provided technical expertise assisting in the creation process to help simulate a real garden experience in relation to rainwater capture and tank release.

  • climate change
  • flooding
  • suds
  • rainwater capture
  • gardening

What is the Flood Resilient Garden?

The purpose of The Flood Resilient Garden strongly aligns with our mission as we seek to create a more sustainable future for our water resources and mitigate the impacts of surface water flooding and sewage spills into our water ways.

We empower individuals and communities to take action through projects and initiatives that listen to unique water and flooding related challenges in each area.

Do you have questions about the Flood Resilient Garden? Check them out in our FAQs.

The Flood Resilient Garden

Find out if there is a rainwater harvesting project in your area!

We help communities capture rainwater for free by working with local authorities and water companies across the country. Sign up now to find out if there's a scheme in your area, and to help us understand which communities need our help!

We've helped communities across the country!

We collaborate with water companies, local authorities, and community action groups to help householders work with the water that lands on their roof, to keep it out of the sewers and off the streets.

Click through to read a bit more about some of our campaigns:

Success in Cirencester!

Working alongside Thames Water, we delivered Thames Water’s Rainplanter to communities throughout Cirencester.

This project identified specific areas of Cirencester to capture rainwater, slowing the flow of water into drainage systems. The selected locations provided the best benefits to the community.

Residents also benefited from a store of water that could be used in their outdoor spaces as well as space to plant their own flowers and herbs at the top of the planter!

Read more here.

Collaborating with Thames Water

In Lambeth we collaborated with Thames Water and local authorities to provide Thames Water’s Rainplanter to residents for free.

After a successful launch day in the community, householders in the area can now capture rainwater for free. Not only does this slow the flow of water into drainage systems but a supply of water is available for outdoor uses.

Read more here.

Partnering with Blue Heart

We partnered with Blue Heart to deliver Southern Water’s Slow Release Water Butt to residents throughout Eastbourne.

Due to demand, the project was expanded to include more roads in the area. The enthusiastic response in Eastbourne led to many local groups and organisations spreading the word about the free initiative, which was fantastic to see!

Residents were provided with a slow release water butt with a capacity of 200 litres. This gave householders a store of water whilst slowing the flow into drains.

Read more here.

How do projects like this work?

Taking part in rainwater capture projects like these benefits the whole community by slowing the flow of water into drainage systems. Imagine the positive impact if we all collected rainwater from our roof tops?

Once you have signed up and sent in photos of your downpipes, our experienced installations team install your rainwater capture device for free. Your downpipe is connected to the water butt or rainplanter, enabling it to fill up instead of rainwater rushing into the drainage systems. This also provides you with water for your gardens and outdoor spaces!

Rainplanter with flowers in Lambeth, London

Here’s what residents have had to say:

“Very easy to sign up.”

“Helpful staff and efficient installations.”

“Great idea and service. Overall exceptional experience.”

“Good, efficient, installed quickly.”


What is the flood resilient garden?

Are there any specific design features that help prevent flooding in the garden?

How can homeowners adapt these techniques to their own outdoor spaces?

Are there any particular plant species you recommend for flood-resilient gardens?

What are the benefits of rainwater harvesting, and how is it implemented in the garden?

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