Rain gardens and free water butts trialled on Scottish housing development

Minister for Local Government and Housing Kevin Stewart with project partners and pupils from Holytown Primary at the launch of Greener Gardens in Holytown. © Chris Watt

Central Scotland Green Network (CSGNT) has launched a ‘Greener Gardens’ initiative to introduce biodiversity, storm-water management and green infrastructure into the gardens of new-build houses.

Measures include installation of demonstration rain gardens, free water butts for new homeowners, and promoting the benefits of rain gardens. These will be complemented by academic research into the effects of source control SuDS in new housing developments.

Working with Taylor Wimpey West Scotland and the Scottish Government, CSGNT has begun by installing 200-litre water butts at 80 new homes at the Torrance Park development in Holytown, North Lanarkshire.

Keith Geddes, chair of CSGNT, said: ‘Greener Gardens is helping us to work with developers to educate homeowners about how they can play their part and make a difference to the wider environment by considering how they plan and plant gardens.

‘As well as helping to manage rain water, rain gardens provide much-needed habitats for nature, which supports and improves biodiversity in the local area.

‘The Torrance Park Water Project gives us an opportunity to evaluate these benefits and show how green infrastructure in gardens can achieve better quality environments for our communities.’

A developer’s guide to rain gardens, published by the Scottish Government, can be downloaded here.

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