Inspiring new ‘dry garden’ in Stroud showcases eco-friendly planting

A new ‘dry garden’ has been planted in Stonehouse, near Stroud, as part of a sustainable initiative to help
reduce water usage this summer — with the biodiverse project also entered into a national RHS Britain in Bloom competition.

Stonehouse Court Hotel teamed up with volunteers from Sartorius Stedim Lab Ltd and members of the Stonehouse in Bloom team to create
the innovative gardening project outside Stonehouse Town Hall. 

By carefully selecting and planting a collection of drought-tolerant and
drought-resistant flora, Stonehouse Court Hotel’s gardening team,
along with six Sartorius volunteers and members of Stonehouse in Bloom, created
the unique green space to promote sustainability in the town. 

With climate change pushing UK temperatures up, flowers and plants need more watering to avoid wilting, so Stonehouse Town
Council is seeking sustainable ways to keep the whole town in bloom during summer heatwaves. 

The ‘dry garden’ ensures green spaces stay healthy this summer, as well as acting as an inspiration
for green-fingered residents for their own personal gardens.

General manager of Stonehouse Court Hotel, Maz Jurko, said: ‘The idea for the garden came from the ‘climate
change kingfisher’, a sculpture which formed part of the Cotswold Art Trail
that ran in the summer of 2021 to encourage people to get out again after Covid lockdowns. 

‘We wanted to display the kingfisher in a meaningful context in the town.
This got us thinking about how we could incorporate it into a green space that
demonstrates how we can choose plants that can cope with the changing climate,
and which do not require additional watering to survive. From this, the idea of
a ‘dry garden’ was born. 

‘Volunteers from Sartorius helped to prepare the bed and dig in gravel, before the Stonehouse in Bloom volunteers placed rocks at intervals down the

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