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Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - GREEN SPACES -

AMILD win­ter typ­i­cally brings with it fre­quent del­uges of rain, and this year is no dif­fer­ent: our rivers are high, sur­face wa­ter is very ev­i­dent and when­ever it rains, pud­dles quickly ac­cu­mu­late in that lo­cal fea­ture for which we are de­servedly fa­mous, the Buck­ing­hamshire Pot­hole.

So why would choose now to think about rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing in the gar­den? Well, be­cause there is lit­tle point think­ing about it dur­ing hot dry spells, when you wish that you had col­lec­tion points dot­ted around, and after all, at the mo­ment, at least there is plenty to har­vest!

Rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing sys­tems can be ex­tremely ex­pen­sive; we planned to put an un­der­ground tank in our gar­den some years ago, but it would have cost sev­eral thou­sand to buy, dig in and then a has­sle to dis­pose of the soil. DIY sys­tems, on the other hand, can be sim­ple, cheap, and in­stalled in stages, all of which ap­peals to mem­bers of the slaphappy school of gar­den­ing to which be­long.

Ob­vi­ously, you have to adapt


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