Self-watering containers help councils reduce maintenance bills and conserve water

The summer months traditionally place additional demands on ground staff and landscapers in councils across the UK in the form of watering and maintenance of floral displays. Even in more mixed summers, such as the one we are currently experiencing, staff can struggle to water displays as often as needed.

However, some local authorities have discovered self-watering technology which helps them to reduce maintenance demands whilst conserving water.
Self-watering containers and hanging baskets have an in-built water reservoir to enable the dispersal of water when needed. They are already in use at numerous councils across the UK as a way of reducing water consumption and upkeep costs, ensuring that displays look their best whatever the weather.

Developed by horticultural suppliers Amberol, the containers have a series of capillaries to suck up the water which is then evenly dispersed via an expander pad. Because the water is stored under the soil, it doesn't evaporate, even in the hottest, driest conditions. This means that the reservoirs only need to be topped up once or twice a week.
Norwich City Council has used self watering containers for many years at various sites across the city. "The self watering containers help us save significant amounts of water and time in terms of repeat visits and are particularly useful in the hot weather," explains Terry Bane, Horticultural and Funding Officer for the council. "Floral displays make a real difference to the city - it is a tangible way of saying that we care about our environment and the people who live here."

Self watering containers are also popular with Britain in Bloom groups as a way of reducing the work done by volunteers. Jackie Taylor of Saltburn in Bloom in Yorkshire explains "Our self watering containers help us to save time and water which despite our temperate climate, can be quite an important issue for us."

The self watering containers are also in demand abroad, having been exported to places as far afield as India and America.

"Using self watering containers not only creates the optimal conditions for growing plants and flowers, it also conserves water and saves time," comments Amberol's MD Patience-Atkinson-Gregory. "Whenever we have a dry spell, we always experience a surge in demand as people appreciate the benefits of the self watering system."

Amberol specialise in sustainable gardening products as well as recycled garden furniture and talking litter bins. The self-watering containers come in a range of shapes and sizes including hanging baskets, barrier baskets, tiered planters and half barrels. For more information about Amberol's self watering products visit

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