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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.

10 of the best water butts

Rainwater Terrace made it in to 10 of the best water butts put together by Gardeners World.

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Find out who else made it here -  10 of the Best Water Butts to Buy - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine (gardenersworld.com)

 

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

 

 

Water butt unboxed

The 2 tier Rainwater Terrace water butt comes in 4 colours black, black & dark green, terracotta and black & bright green. Shown is the new black & dark green water butt. 

All parts nest inside each other packing down to less that half its assembled size. 

These 134 litre water butts are perfect to brighten up a dull corner or empty space next to a down pipe.

See the images showing the product before and after planting.

unboxing of a water butt with planting and assembly

 

Looking for a nice looking water butt?

Look no further, with a Rainwater Terrace water butt you do not need to hide it away behind the garage or shed it can take pride of place on your patio.

All our Rainwater Terrace water butts come with self-watering planters that can be clipped into place on the water butt. 

Planting with trailing plants and summer annuals can be a great way to create a stunning flower display that can look fantastic for the whole season.

The self watering planters stop the flowers from drying out helping them stay healthy for longer. With regular dead heading little other maintenance is needed as long as there has been some rain flowing through the system.

Nice looking water butt

 

 

 

Water butt transformed in 5 weeks

Two  3 Tier 200 litre Rainwater Terrace water butts were connected to a down pipe and planted the systems were left to fill with rainwater.

During this time water from the storage containers was used to fill watering cans. Rainfall overnight can easily fill a 200 litre Rainwater Terrace water butt supplying fresh natural water for garden and house plants.

Black Rainwater Terrace waterbutt with plants

Terracotta Rainwater Terrace water butt with flowers

 

Saving rainwater in the garden

Saving water in the garden can sometimes be difficult especially on hot dry summer days, here's a few tips to get you started.
  • Install a water butt. You will be grateful for hundreds of liters of free natural rainwater to keep your plants and lawn hydrated.

  • Use mulch around your plants, this stops the soil becoming dry in the first place and decreases evaporation on warm days.

  • Reseach drought tolerant plants, its good to have a few plants in the garden that dont require regular watering. Some examples are :- Echinacea, Ceanothus, Geranium and Red hot poker.

  • Lawns: It can be difficult keeping a lawn green in the summer months try raising your cut height this will keep some extra moisture in also reducing the frequency of mowing can help protect your lawn fro drying out. 

  • With watering little and often doesn't always do the job as the water evaporates and only reaches the top level of soil which encourages the roots to grow upwards.  A good soak every 7-10 days is more effective as the water travels deeper in to the soil saturating the ground.