Wendy Allen
Gardens, Rain Gardens, Green Roofs

School Gardens

Creating green, fun and educational play spaces to get kids and adults thinking about rainwater, wildlife and nature. Green roofs, eye-catching downpipes, bug hotels, vegetable beds, sandpits, wildflowers and story time areas. What's not to like.

See also Stormwater Planters and Downpipes, Rain Gardens and Green Roofs.

The Rain Garden at Baydon St. Nicholas Primary School

The Rain Garden at Baydon St. Nicholas Primary School

Designed by Wendy Allen for Action for the River Kennet in 2018, the garden at this school features:

Rain garden – a shallow planted depression with adaptable plants which tolerate periods of drought and waterlogging.

A galvanised steel walkway bridge and stepping stones which enable children to cross the rain garden and view the plants.

An 800L water butt captures water from a roof for water play and watering, any excess overflows to the rain garden to infiltrate slowly.

A wildlife habitat area with a play-grade barkchip surface, containing a curved dead hedge, a log pile, a bug hotel made from stacked wooden pallets.

The existing hedge was laid and improved to create a species rich hedgerow, a habitat listed on the UK Biodiversity Action Plan. The hedge has been laid in a Midland style by local hedgelayer David Bolt, and now contains hawthorn, buckthorn, field maple, crab apple and hazel.

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Ramsbury Pre-School Green Roof

Ramsbury Pre-School Green Roof

Fitting in well to the new pre-school garden, my design for a brightly-coloured downpipe, ending in a watering can which empties onto a green roof - a BinDock from The Front Yard Company. This in turn overflows down a rain chain to a stormwater planter (a ladybird tractor tyre). In periods of heavy rainfall, the rainwater can be diverted back down the original downpipe.

Design for Ramsbury Primary School

Design for Ramsbury Primary School

This garden was built with the help of parents and ARK (Action for the River Kennet) volunteers, mainly from materials which were reclaimed or donated.

ARK supported this water efficient garden as part of their Ramsbury Community River and Wildlife Project, funded by Tesco Bags of Help.

Purfleet School, Essex

Purfleet School, Essex

This design was built by John Little at the Grassroof Company. Take a look at his website too - lots of inspiration, expertise and workshops on green roofs and also on brownfield development.