Selsey Rain Garden
Manor Green Park outside the Selsey Centre is prone to becoming waterlogged in low lying areas following heavy rain. Working in collaboration with Manhood Peninisula Partnership, Lizard Landscape Design were commisioned to design The Manor Green Park Rain Garden to help offset the problems that sometimes develop when areas of the playing field flood. Working with Selsey Town Council, the project was backed by funding from the WSCC Operation Watershed Active Communities Fund. Following the initial design and implementation, The Manhood Wildlife & Heritage Group continue to manage, plant and maintain the garden.
What is a Rain Garden?
In its simplest form, a rain garden is a shallow depression, containing absorbent, yet free draining soil, planted with vegetation that can withstand occasional temporary flooding. Water drains into these man-made basins from impervious areas, like roofs, driveways, or compacted grass. Rain gardens are designed to mimic the natural water retention of undeveloped land, and are more efficient at absorbing excess water from hard surfaces such as garden lawns or playing fields.