Hear from the charity behind the WaterAid Garden at RHS Chelsea 2024


WaterAid is an international not-for-profit, determined to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere.  

These three essentials are basic human rights. They should be a normal part of daily life for everyone, everywhere – but they aren’t. One in ten people don’t have clean water, and climate change is making it worse. 

We work alongside communities to get clean water to areas heavily impacted by climate change, like in Mozambique and Bangladesh. Sustainable solutions help to ensure a reliable supply of clean water which, together with decent toilets and good hygiene, help people protect themselves whatever the weather. 

Climate change impacts millions of people across the world. A staggering 90% of all natural disasters are water-related, with more frequent and extreme floods polluting water sources and droughts drying up springs.  
Here in the UK, we’re experiencing heatwaves, drought and flooding, but the water crisis can be hard to relate to when we have clean water on tap. Being at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024 with award-winning landscape designer Tom Massey and celebrated architect Je Ahn, is an opportunity to show first-hand how the climate crisis is a water crisis and explore what we can do about it. 

The WaterAid garden focuses on sustainable water management, featuring a colourful array of plant species designed to deal with varying amounts of rainfall, and materials that are reclaimed and repurposed for a lighter carbon footprint. The centrepiece is a striking rainwater-harvesting pavilion capturing and filtering every drop of rainwater. 

See the WaterAid Garden

We hope that by visiting our show garden at RHS Chelsea, you will gain a new appreciation of our most precious resource - water. And, be inspired. There are elements of the garden that you can apply at home, enabling you to incorporate rainwater harvesting into your own garden. 

Given the scale of the water crisis facing the world today, it has never been more vital.  

Find out more about WaterAid


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