Many are taking up the challenge to ‘disconnect the downpipes’ to prevent water ending up in underground drains. By disconnecting your downpipes, you can store water in a rainwater butt for use in the garden, channel it off to top up a water feature, or use it to irrigate your garden planters directly.
One of my favourites tricks is to use a traditional Japanese-style rain chain, or kusari doi.
Rain Chains break the fall of the water from the roof, guiding it visibly downward to the ground, or into a rain barrel for storage.
Rain Chains are usually made from copper as this doesn’t rust, and acquires a lovely verdigris finish. Copper rain chains are an elegant and functional alternative to traditional closed metal or plastic downspouts and are becoming increasingly popular in the UK and USA
Rain chains can be beautiful as well as useful in a garden scheme