With hosepipe bans on the horizon it’s time to ensure the plants and wildlife in your garden will have enough water this summer. Visit WWT Arundel Wetland Centre during Green-fingers Weekend on March 17-18 to enter to win a water butt. Southern Water is giving away a water butt and information on how to conserve water in and around your home during the event, all part of the WWT’s Festival of Gardening from March 1-31 sponsored by NFU Mutual. Visitors will also find information on rain gardening, displays on the historic uses of wetland plants and the chance to take a wetland plant walk.
“During Green-fingers Weekend, visitors will learn which plants are perfect for a rain garden.” said Claire Drew, Learning Manager at Arundel Wetland Centre. “Rain gardening means adapting or creating a garden to take greater advantage of water falling from the sky to combat drought, reduce flood risks, save water, add interest and create useful new habitats for wildlife.”
Arundel Wetland Centre also teamed up with Southern Water and Eco-Faith in a campaign across Sussex that began October 2011 to give community groups and organisations free water butts. Southern Water is providing the water butts for use in community or school gardens and public green spaces. Jon Crooke, Deputy Director of Southern Water’s Metering Programme, said: “We have received a substantial number of applications for water butts already, but are welcoming further applications from community groups across the Sussex area.” To apply for a free water butt visit http://www.yourwatermeter.com/
During Green-fingers weekend visitors can see Jonathan Huet speak on Woodland Remedies on Sat 17 March at 2:15 pm in the Sand Piper Theatre. The Wetlands Secrets Plant House will be open from 9:30-4 pm both days with displays about historic uses of wetland plants. Southern Water will be located in the visitor gallery, you can enter the water butt giveaway here. Children can plant sunflowers and make garden crafts in the Holt education building between 2-4 pm. Find out what plants attract which butterflies at the Holt Butterfly garden. The rain gardening display is located in the Wildlife Garden, open from 9:30 – 4 pm. Self-led plant walk leaflets are available from reception all day. All activities are included in the admission price.
Green-fingers weekend is March 17-18 at WWT Arundel Wetland Centre on Mill Road, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9PB. The centre is open 7 days a week from 9:30-4:30 each day. Call 01903 881530 for more information or visit wwt.org.uk/arundel.
Published 12th March 2012
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