August 2012

Posted on 01st January 1970 at 12:00am

World Garden created with discarded seeds

One benefit of working in irrigation are the fascinating schemes that we get involved in.

One such scheme was in Bristol, where the docks had been dredged for seeds amongst the discarded ballast from sailing ships that had used the docks 300 years ago. The seeds have been germinated and, with help from Bristol University's Botanic Garden, identified. The diverse range of plants includes: Nigella Damascene from Southern Europe, Camelina Sative from Northern Europe and Central Asia and Gilla Capitata from North America.

Cutting water bill by 60%

According to the above headline in Garden Trade News, The Old Railway Line Garden Centre is aiming to reduce its water bills by 60% using 4 rainwater storage tanks with a combined capacity of 10,000 litres.

Stories such as these underline the potential for Garden Centres and Nurseries to slash their water bills and reduce their environmental footprint at the same time. Glasshouses and buildings all provide plenty of potential to catch large amounts or rainwater, and above ground galvanised storage tanks provide large tank capacities at an economical cost.

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