Mains water usage in our homes and gardens is often highest when water availability is lowest ā€“ in hot, dry periods. However, by adopting a few simple pledges, we can all make our gardens and outdoor spaces thrive on the rainfall we receive by collecting it and re-using it during dry spells. So letā€™s change "from mains to rains"

Drought garden
Your pledges will deliver heaps of benefits to your garden and the environment


Slow the flow

Slow the flow

Helping to reduce risk of flooding

Healthy soils

Healthy soils

Store more water and nutrients

Roots matter

Roots matter

Deeper roots can access more water

Collect the rain

Collect the rain

For use when thereā€™s none

Slow the flow

Slow the flow

Helping to reduce risk of flooding

Healthy soils

Healthy soils

Store more water and nutrients

Roots matter

Roots matter

Deeper roots can access more water

Collect the rain

Collect the rain

For use when thereā€™s none

I pledge to switch my garden watering to rainwater by:
(please only tick new actions that you are not already doing)
Using a waterbutt

Using a waterbutt

Store rain water for use during dry spells and reduce flooding in wet periods. Plants prefer rainwater too!

Using a watering can

Using a watering can instead of a hosepipe

Direct the water at the roots where it is needed, rather than the leaves

Drip trays

Placing drip-trays beneath pots to collect drainage

They collect drainage and nutrients for better plant growth (but remove in winter to avoid waterlogging)

Lawn

Avoiding watering my lawn

Longer grass means deeper roots and more drought resilience, so raise the mower blades too!

Longer grass means deeper roots and more drought resilience, so raise the mower blades too!
 

Mulch

Adding mulch around new plants

Wood chip or bark lets the rain through and reduces soil evaporation, meaning less watering is required whilst roots establish

Garden compost

Adding home-made compost to my soil

Healthy soil holds more water so plants suffer less from drought
 

Right plant

Choosing the right plant for the right place

Find a plant to match to your garden environment

Self watering

Using self-watering pots or baskets

They capture rain, drainage and nutrients for better plant growth. Plants will require less watering too

Swapping

Swapping paving for plants

De-pave an area and fill it with plants and mulch to slow down runoff and encourage infiltration
 

Permeable paving

Choosing permeable paving rather than hard landscaping

Slow down runoff, reduce flooding after high rainfall and help in Greening Great Britain

Information about your outdoor space (select all as appropriate):

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Information about you:

The first half of my postcode (e.g. GU23):  
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The ā€˜Mains to Rainsā€™ pledge is part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership between the Royal Horticultural Society and Cranfield University, part-funded by Innovate UK

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