Yesterday, I went along to see work begin on what will be Lambeth’s biggest rain garden.
Currently, water from three downpipes on the estate runs on to a grassed area and then makes its way down and out on to Tulse Hill. During heavy rainfall, a significant amount of water flows down to the road. The garden will help to reduce this by retaining the water and allowing it to slowly soak into the soil.
How does a rain garden work?
A diagram of the planned gardens at Cressingham Gardens.
The first day
Despite the very best efforts of staff and volunteers, we didn’t manage to dig out all of the gardens in one day. Work will continue at a later date and a planting session (which will be rather less strenuous!) will be arranged in the near future.
If you would like to get involved in future sessions, please contact Helen Spring at the Lost Effra Project firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ll keep you up to date with this project and really look forward to seeing the finished gardens.