Erica Neustadt of Change 4Chalfont
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