Rain Garden

Alcester Health Centre is the first GP Practice to have a Rain Garden.

Click here to read the full case study of how the rain garden was planned and constructed.

The rain gardens are shallow depressions that allow rainwater to be collected; they contain a mix of ornamental and native species of plants.

It was envisaged that these rain gardens would not contain permanent water, since these would not be lined, but would function instead as ‘marsh’, drying out in warm weather.

The rain gardens make up three distinct areas.

Rain Garden North West

A semi-public garden space viewed from the main entrance or from within the building, it is contained to the north by the boundary hedgerow and existing trees. The area is a shallow, gently sloping depression that holds rainwater runoff and acts as a habitat resource. The depression is planted with native wetland edge species, such as wildflowers, sedges and rushes. An ornamental conifer reflects the Victorian style original planting of the site.

Rain Garden South East

An accessible and useable garden space, enclosed from the car park by rows of clipped ornamental hedges, is created to the southeastern side of the new building. This area contains the second 'rain garden', again planted with native wetland edge and wildflower species. This space has a southern aspect and species will differ from the northern garden, including, for instance, colorful herbaceous perennials.  A paved seating area is provided with tables and access directly from the building. Trees and planting alongside the footpath soften views from the waiting and reception area.

Staff & Therapy Garden

The private garden and therapy space is situated to the south west of the building. Elevated views of this garden are gained from the external terrace at first floor level. A bitmac path leads around the space, via seating and dining areas to allow exploration of demonstration edible and medicinal-themed planting.

Click here to read the full case study of how the rain garden was planned and constructed.

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