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The South West Water Green Garden project

Promoting the sustainable management of rainwater in our gardens to reduce urban flooding, this garden highlights the importance of ‘Downstream Thinking’, an initiative led by South West Water that explores the different ways that Britain’s gardeners can best manage excess rainwater.

The garden’s fluid curves flow towards a central, circular terrace and water feature. Rainwater is managed by a rain garden that follows the shape of the path leading off the terrace. Permeable paving on the path and terrace helps reduce water run-off from the garden’s hard surfaces. Flood-tolerant planting has been selected, as well as a mix of perennials and grasses that are best suited to well-drained soils and drier conditions.

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