Oxford Botanic Garden

Oxford Botanic Garden

Wilsham Consulting Director – Stephen Gibson shares his design experience at the Oxford Botanic Garden. I had great pleasure in designing a rainwater harvesting system for the Oxford Botanic Garden . The Oxford Botanic Gardens are world famous and one of the greatest locations in Oxford to visit.  Water and especially rainwater, is especially precious for the gardens and has been for hundreds of years. The gardens conservatories have numerous simple brick or lead chambers for collecting rainwater and pumps such that the water...

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Rainwater harvesting independent advice

Rainwater harvesting independent advice

Rainwater has been harvested – or collected, stored and then used when needed for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Rainwater harvesting remains a standard technique in many parts of the world without mains water, or accessible groundwater. Most areas of the UK have mains clean water supplies. Increasing demand is however been put on this limited mains system and there is greater consideration of the value of making developments more sustainable. All mains water is treated to a high drinking water standard, yet the vast majority...

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Water Master Planning

Water Master Planning

Water Master Planning is the skillful integration of water within an urban engineered environment. A key element of this the integration sustainable drainage systems – especially source control systems. Its about controling and treating water to minimise flooding and pollution within a wider environment than just a specific site or development. For decades the industry standards have been on "getting rid" of water into the nearest drain and discharging it to a watercourse. This was a flawed logic based on a fundamental failure...

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