Magazine article Geographical

Banishing Brown Lawns

Magazine article Geographical

Banishing Brown Lawns

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Brown lawns and wilting flowers could soon be a thing of the past, even in the driest of summers, thanks to a collaboration between the University of Bradford and a Yorkshire-based plastics company. T&D Plastech approached scientists at Bradford to examine the practical issues of producing and marketing large plastic water butts to collect rainwater from house roofs, which could then be used to irrigate gardens. "Hose-pipe bans during the 1995-96 drought meant that people's gardens -- in which they had often invested thousands of pounds -- were threatened," says Dr John Dennis, industrial coordinator at the university's Department of Environmental Science. "The idea of combating the problem by storing rainwater in a large water butt seems simple enough, but its success depends on detailed calculations of supply and demand," he adds.

His team has drawn up a map showing the storage capacity needed for each square metre of irrigated garden in different parts of the country. …

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