The 10,000 Raingardens for Scotland campaign is designed to promote and encourage the use of raingardens as a sustainable and natural way to manage water, particularly in urban areas. It will also support the creation of wildlife friendly, accessible greenspace, reduce pollution, and provide attractive places for people to visit.
The campaign originally started life in 2014 with the support of the Scottish Green Infrastructure Forum, inspired by similar campaigns in Philadelphia, Portland and Melbourne.
In 2019 funding was secured to run a Glasgow Pilot Project which included activities such as developing communication materials including this website, putting together leaflets, and taking part in awareness-raising events such as Flood Risk Management Plan consultations and environmental fun days. Funds were also secured to contribute to Queensland Court and Gardens community raingarden, more of which can be read about here. Our funders can be seen across the bottom of the screen.
Fast forward to 2021, and the campaign garnered further support from The Green Action Trust, becoming one of the charity’s five initiatives. This will see more work put into disseminating how raingardens are evaluated and monitored, and the development of exemplar raingarden schemes.
We’ve also begun to map where we can find existing raingardens in Scotland – so far pinpointing almost 1,000. Our aim is to reach 10,000 – adding to this by building new ones. This will make a big difference in reducing the impacts of flooding and protecting the quality of our watercourses.