Local water supplier Veolia Water is sponsoring a drought friendly "Naturally Dry" garden at the Chelsea Flower Show this year.
Despite the recent heavy rainfall, groundwater levels in the underground chalk aquifers, from which Veolia Water takes most of its water, remain very low following two successive autumn and winters of very low rainfall.
The garden - designed by Vicky Harris Garden Design and built by Cube 1994 - aims to demonstrate that it is possible to have a beautiful garden, even during times of drought, by choosing plants that need little water and making good use of rainwater.
Richard Bienfait, Managing Director of Veolia Water Central said: "We are delighted to have a drought resistant garden at this year's Chelsea Flower Show which has been created to inspire gardeners to make use of water efficient plants to ensure beautiful gardens can be achieved and sustained during times of drought. All the plants in our garden are available from most garden centres, enabling gardeners to create their own drought tolerant gardens and save water."
The plants in the garden have been supplied by the on-line garden nursery Crocus. Visitors to the Veolia Water'Naturally Dry' garden during the Show will be able to receive 10% off all purchases of drought tolerant plants purchased through Crocus - including plants they see in the garden - when they pick up our leaflet at the Show.
The RHS Chelsea Flower show runs from 22 May to 26 May at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London SW3.
Details of measures customers can take to save water in gardens are available on our dedicated website: www.veoliawater.co.uk/drought
Notes to Editors:
Veolia Water Central is the UK's largest water supply only company and is part of Veolia Water UK. We are committed to delivering a high quality water service to all our customers. We provide 870 million litres of water each day to a population of 3 million people, in parts of Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Surrey, the London Boroughs of Harrow and Hillingdon and parts of the London Boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Ealing, and Enfield. Our supply area covers a total of 3,700 square kilometres, stretching from Luton and Royston in the north to Guildford in the south, and from Berkhamsted in the west to Dunmow in the east.
Vicky Harris Garden Design
Having spent many years working as a plant buyer for London Garden Centres, Vicky Harris went on to study Garden Design at Capel Manor College, where she graduated with the added accolade of Best Student. Since then she has successfully transformed private gardens into tranquil yet functional outdoor spaces.
Vicky Harris is currently a pre registered member of the Society of Garden Designers, with the target of becoming a full member in the near future.
A specialist landscape design and build company that provides a professional service complemented by a personal and creative approach to meet individual requirements. Sean Butler MSGD is managing director of Cube 1994 Ltd and is a member of the Society of Garden Designers, whose aim is to promote excellence in garden design.