Water Conservation

Projects with water reduction principles designed into the proposals from the very beginning.

Watering Funnels

Initiated 2021

Recycled plastic bottles were placed alongside planting allowing us to target watering at the roots. This reduces run-off and evaporation.

Sunflower Trail

In 2021 we used over 250, and in 2022 we expect to double the number of sites and bottles used.

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Athlumney Hall Fruit & Herb Verge

These will be strategically planted alongside thirsty plants such as Strawberries and Chives.

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Water Reservoirs

Initiated 2018

The St Martha's Bridge summer flower display requires up to 150ltrs of water each week. To reduce evaporation, and any run-off, each planter contains an internal 5ltr water reservoir that allows the plants to draw water up by their roots rather than watering the soil surface.

2021 Display
Containers with water reservoirs reduce water loss and frequency of replenishing.

Water Harvesting

Initiated 2018

Rainwater Bank

Using drinking water to replenish our garden plants is extremely costly to the enviornment. Collecting and using rainwater is something we can all do and it that actualy benefits our plants. As part of our Bridge Flower project we arranged for volunteers to host water butts connected to their roof drain pipes at their homes and bank 1,000 Ltrs for our mutual use.

Portable Water Buggy.

To transfer water from harvesting sites a simple trolley was created. This has been used numerous times for the planters and our other sites.

Collapsible Watering Cans. 2022

The need to have smaller amounts of water transported to sunflower trail locations resulted in the purchase of several reusable plastic water containers. These can be prefilled with harvested rainwater and have replaced the buggy since they are more easily transported on foot, in trolleys, or further distances by car.


Initiated 2019

To reduce evaporation mulches have been used:

Spent Compost

2019: Spread around the bases of the newly planted horse chestnut trees - Note: do not cover the stem but instead create a 'donut' shape.


2021: Use to deter weeds at the Bailis Downs green in preparation for creating a planting area.

LECA Mulch

2022: The mix of clay balls and coconut husk is to be piloted at the Athlumney Hall fruit and herb verge.

These proved unsuccessful since they rolled like marbles over the pavement causing trip hazards.

Sustainable Development Goals

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