Strutts Centre Rain Gardens Receives National Acclaim

The Trent Rivers Trust’s award winning rain gardens featured on national television last week when the BBC’s Gardeners World visited Derbyshire.

The presenters highlighted how the gardens help to reduce flooding whilst also being a beautiful landscape feature.

Arit Anderson spoke to the Trent Rivers Trust’s Julie Wozniczka at the Strutt Centre in Belper, where the Trent Rivers Trust made a rain garden which forms an attractive and environment-friendly feature.

She said: “The opportunity to show rain gardens on primetime national TV was fantastic. Rain gardens are quite simple to create. By diverting rain water from our roofs into a concave flower bed, we can help to prevent flooding by allowing water to soak into the ground instead of running off into the rain water drains and gutters.

Most people don’t know that water would otherwise often go straight to the river, taking any pollution with it.”

The Trent Rivers Trust is a charity set up to conserve, protect and  enhance and the rivers and streams of the Trent Catchment. They work with anglers, landowners, partner organisations and the general public to improve the river environment.

Janet Honey and Cynthia Maddock are from the Strutt Centre in Belper and they are delighted with the rain garden. Janet says:

“We were very proud to have our centre featured on the BBC and would like to thank  our gardeners. If anyone would like to help to look after our rain gardens, please get in touch us here at the Strutts centre.”

The BBC team later visited Tanya and Dale Keeling who have made a rain garden of their own near Alfreton.

“Once Julie explained the concept of rain gardens to us we were keen to have one of our own in our garden, so we set to work. We love it, so we have now created another one in the back garden,” said Tanya.

“We’ve also made our front yard porous, so the rain soaks in instead of flowing away to the gutter. It was cheaper than having it covered in tarmac or paving. We think it looks great, it needs very little maintenance, and we never get out of our car into a puddle,” she added.

Julie agrees rain gardens can make a real difference to flood risk in residential areas but suggests more can be done to encourage people to create one of their own.

She adds: “It would make a difference if local landscape gardeners and builders could offer permeable driveways.  We are covering the landscape in more and more hard, impermeable surfaces, raising the risk of flooding. Rain gardens are a real alternative and they look great.”

3 thoughts on “Strutts Centre Rain Gardens Receives National Acclaim

  • 27th June 2018 at 11:03 pm

    I think we should thank Belper gardener Jo Dyer for planting and maintaining the Rain garden. It wouldn’t be as pretty without her fantastic effort and expertise.

  • 28th June 2018 at 6:57 am

    Thank you Florence. I feel I should also say that I wasn’t involved in the first planting of the garden a few years ago. I re-planted it with Janet last year when it was in a sorry state. I chose the plants for this second planting (there was virtually nothing left of the original planting) and have been developing the garden since May 2017.

  • 12th August 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Hi the bottom of my garden often floods after heavy rain and the surface water tends to sit for up to a few days on an old concrete path on the right side of the garden. Could you send me details of the name of the permeable pathing that Tanya Dale used in her rain garden that was featured on Gardeners World. Also is there anyone in my local area who could help me landscape and plan a rain garden ? Thanks Helen

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