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Water butts in schools are great to get children playing and learning about saving rainwater

The kids at Lady Elizabeth Hastings school in Thorp Arch near Wetherby have a great new activity garden built by a team of willing Parents. They have no water supply down there so they’ve built a Playhouse to collect rainwater in their Rainwater Terraces. They can’t wait to get planting!

school water butt with planters

Rainwater Terrace water butts come in a range of sizes that includes this low level water butt which is the perfect height for children to get involved in recycling rainwater whilst growing herbs, flowers and salad vegetables in the self watering planter pods.

Water butts over the drier months.

In long dry spells you may need to top up the water in the Planter trays that the side and top planters take their water from. Hopefully you can use water stored in the Rainwater Terrace but if not just use tap water. Each tray holds about 2.5 litres of water before it overflows into the container below.

 

water butt planter with capillary wicks topped up in summer months

One of the best water butts for 2021

We love to shout about how great we think Rainwater Terrace water butts are but we love it even more when we receive such great feedback from our valued customers.

black water butt with planters filling a watering can

 

Don't take our word for it, see what some of our customers think.

Verified customer reviews received between 2015 and 2021.

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 April 2015

Ok it's main function is as a water butt and for that purpose its rather expensive when compared to its competitors Butt (sic) a lot of thought has gone into the design of this. With a few well chosen plants this will enhance any corner or wall it is up against and not become an eyesore as a lot of butts are. To begin with it comes in a box that approx 2 by 2 by 2 foot so it is easy to handle. The instructions are very easy to understand and provided that where you are placing it is exactly level (a 2 by 2 paving slab is ideal) the only tools you will need is a drill and screwdriver for the safety clip and a saw to cut the downpipe to fit the diverter. If I have any complaint its that the diverter pipe was a touch small but that's an easy matter to solve. As with other water butts you can have a number of these butts side by side with a simple joining pipe (sold separately) or you can install another section on top (Max 3 tiers) In short I'm very happy with this purchase. :)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 July 2020
A very comprehensively filled box delivered by Amazon. After some head scratching over the instruction booklet the butt was quickly assembled and ready for action. Yes you can spend less money for a water butt but by the time you've added a pedestal and tap is it really so much cheaper? And with the Rainwater Terrace you have so much more functionality. We have our butt positioned just outside the kitchen door so it's easy to recycle any clean water (thinking running the hot tap to fire up combi boiler here). Also think it's important to buy British in the new 'normal' of 2020.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 7 July 2019
Brilliant product and just what we were looking for. can't believe more variations of this aren't on the market. Would certainly recommend to anyone.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 April 2020
Anyone with a reasonable DIY ability can assemble this great piece of kit in under two hours.
Innovative, no leaks, came earlier than expected, looks great.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 May 2016
Brilliant bit of kit I would recommend this to anyone. The best part is the recycling of the contained water. If it's full, it will continue to accept water at the top and empty older water at the bottom keeping the contents fresh.
A great idea well thought out.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 October 2017
Great product - set up in an afternoon and full in a week. NB needs a properly levelled surface to sit on and comes with a black rain water diverter

 

 

Why you need a water butt

Rainwater is the best thing for our gardens, its natural, what our gardens are used to and best of all it is free!

With water meters being rolled out across the country and the price of water rising installing a water butt is a great investment. With Rainwater Terrace water buts not only are you saving valuable rainwater but you can create a stunning flower display or mini grow your own plot right on your doorstep. Rainwater Terrace really is the modern stylish way to save rainwater at home.

 

The stylish water but for your patio

No longer do you need to hide your water butt away behind your shed; out of site out of mind. You can have your Rainwater Terrace water butt standing proud on your patio within easy reach for watering hanging baskets, containers, garden plants and indoor plants.

Rainwater Terrace water butts have some clever features which make them fun & easy to use as well as practical additions to any garden.

  • The unique over flow system means that old rainwater is pushed out back down the drain when new rainwater enters the system meaning your water is always fresh.
  • Planters are self-watering and detachable meaning that they are easy to remove to replant or take inside to trim herbs from.
  • The clever flexible drain tubes allow you to fill a watering can in seconds no longer do you have to stand and wait for a slow leaky water butt tap.
  • The complete modular system lets you expand your rainwater saving capacity to suit your requirements. The modules can be put together to suit different sizes and shapes it is a totally customisable rainwater saving system.

Designed and manufactured in the UK you can be sure that you are getting a high quality product, all parts are made out of tough heavy gauge UV stable plastic suitable for all weather conditions.

 

 We have a shape size and colour of water butt to suit you.... 

a stylish water butt to suit a patio available in multuple sizes from 67 litres to 500 litres

Innovative Rainwater Terrace water butt

See how a Rainwater Terrace keeps the water moving.

 

Each time it rains water is flushed through the system replenishing the store of water which reduces stagnant water build up.

  • Rainwater is diverter into the Rainwater Terrace through a rainwater diverter attached to a down pipe. 

  • Container 1 fills from the bottom and then overflows down the central column to planter tray 1. 

  • Planter tray 1 is filled with water as container 1 overflows, this will water the planters on this level. When the planter tray is full this overflows to fill container 2. 

  • Container 2 fills and then overflows down the central column to planter tray 2. 

  • Planter tray 2 is filled with water as container 2 overflows, this waters the plants on this level. 

  • Container 3 fills and then overflows down the central column back to the drain.

water butt stagnation prevention