As with all nature based solutions this project has been designed to address multiple urban issues. In addition to diverting rainwater these purpose built gardens will:
Create green spaces in otherwise sterile cement yards, increasing levels of well-being
Provide a connection to nature and horticultural opportunities for participants.
Increase habitat for urban pollinators and wildlife.
- Act as a carbon sink
This pilot will be used to create a template and collect the data necessary to scale up the project and make a significant impact on water management in the city while creating enhanced levels of biodiversity and livability.
We believe our Rain Garden Pilot project will demonstrate that collective citizen-lead climate action can have a significant impact on urban problems and that creative partnerships with nature will lead our cities toward a healthier, greener and more sustainable future.
HOW DO THEY WORK?
Built to fit neatly into available space adjacent to a downpipe, these planters harvest rain water and filter it through a purpose built garden to diminish urban run off. Plants which adapt to both dry and damp periods are selected in order to create a self sustaining, maintenance free growing space.
If an extreme downpour takes place, an overflow pipe allows excess water to leave the planter, preventing flooding of plants & soil.
Find out more about the project or learn how to build your own raingarden planter here