Cardiff Flower Show

The Wildlife Trust stand at the RHS show in 2017

The Wildlife Trust stand at the RHS show in 2017

The Wildlife Trust sign made from moss at The RHS show in 2017

The Wildlife Trust sign made from moss at The RHS show in 2017

It’s that time of year again where we’re getting ready for the Royal Horticultural Society’s annual flower show in Cardiff. This year our garden will have a rain garden theme.

Rain Gardens come in many shapes and sizes and mimic the flow of water from the countryside in our town and city gardens. They all share a common goal; to capture water in a beautiful and wildlife-friendly way!

Our rivers are under a huge amount of stress in the UK, with increased urbanisation changing the natural flow of water, leading to increased water pollution and flooding. By creating a rain garden, also known as a Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) you can improve your local area for wildlife.

Rain Gardens can be adapted to any outdoor urban space, including concreted gardens and school yards. Our RHS show garden feature will provide you with plenty of inspiration for unique and pretty ways to capture water during storms, which would have otherwise gone straight down the drain. There will also be a variety of wildlife-friendly plants; appropriate for rain gardens and boggy areas, which will look beautiful whilst also supporting pollinators such as Bumblebees and Butterflies. We will explain how to make your garden hedgehog friendly and what benefits they have on a rain garden. And not to mention the photo opportunity with our willow sculpted Hedgehog, Henry!

Bringing these ideas into your own garden will not only provide a space for our declining British wildlife and help you to water your garden plants, it will also help prevent flooding and pollution.

This year we are extremely excited to work with both Celtic Sustainables and WaterFeatures2go.

From now until the end of April, Celtic Sustainables will be offering a 10% discount off any water butt or downpipe filter/diverter that is purchased through their website: www.celticsustainables.co.uk. Just use the following coupon code: WILDTEN. Celtic Sustainables will also be giving free delivery (economy mainland UK) and a £5 donation to WTSWW for each water butt bought using the code: WILDTEN.

        

Water Features 2 Go have been kind enough to supply our garden with one of their beautiful water features. Find out more about their products here.