Water companies continue to find new ways to communicate to customers the importance of water efficiency and to promote long-term changes in behaviour for effective resources management. Two medal-winning entries at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show are inspiring examples of this work.
Gardens promoting the 'Dry' approach and 'Climate Calm' planting offered Chelsea visitors and gardeners everywhere models for creating green havens that are ‘drought friendly’ and highly water efficient.
The Veolia Water Central sponsored Naturally Dry garden, by Vicky Harris Garden Design and Sean Butler at Cube 1994, which won silver, used easily available plants that need little water.
The bronze-winning Climate Calm garden by Nicholas Dexter, sponsored by Thames Water, Southern Water, South East Water and Sutton and East Surrey Water, used varieties of hardy perennials and grasses more commonly found on the prairies and steppes of Eastern Europe, and Persian irrigation techniques, to demonstrate new ways to plan for changing seasons.
'Climate Calm' bronze medal at Chelsea Flower Show
RHS Chelsea Flower Show