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The Water Saving Garden

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024 - Affinity Water & Sam Proctor

Did you know gardens can be beautiful and conserve water too?

We're partnering with Sam Proctor from Chiltern Garden Design to create The Water Saving Garden for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024.

Our inspiration? The beautiful chalk streams of the Chilterns. Garden designer Sam Proctor has lived in the Chilterns for 20 years and fell in love with its rare chalk streams. In collaboration with Sam, we've created a garden that celebrates them and gives you water-saving ideas to protect them.

About Sam Proctor

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Sam trained at the London College of Garden Design. She runs her own design studio, Chiltern Garden Design, based in Amersham, in the heart of the Chilterns, in South East England. She is an accredited Member of the Society of Garden Designers and the Association of Professional Landscapers.

Download the full plant list for The Water Saving Garden below.

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Get started at home

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WIN The Water Saving Garden

We’re giving local charities and communities in the Affinity Water region a chance to win The Water Saving Garden.

The team will assess the space and install the garden* for you, including plants, trees, planters and water-saving elements.

Fill in your details in the form below to register your charity or community. The competition is only open to Affinity Water customers.

*Elements on loan for the show will not be included in the competition.

Click here to view the full terms and conditions

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How does our garden work?

This garden uses water butts and a clever water flow system to reuse rainwater in the garden.

1. Rainwater collects in the copper guttering, then flows into stylish water butts via rain chains.

2. Timers then direct the water flow via pipes into the reservoirs at the base of the planters, where plants can take up water through their roots.

3. Because the plants aren’t being watered from above, there’s less evaporation from the soil surface, saving 30% of the water typically required.

4. Rainwater sensors switch off the automated flow of water into the reservoirs when it rains, preventing overflow.


Discover our top tips for saving water in the garden, from using water butts to planting drought-tolerant plants.

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Our water comes from the same groundwater aquifers (an underground water supply) that flow through our local chalk streams. So, the less water we use, the more that can stay in our local environment.

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