A water butt is a good old fashioned way to save water.
Collecting rainfall is the perfect solution to getting around a hosepipe ban, saving money if you have a water meter and conserving this precious resource while still having a green and pleasant garden.
You may be able to get a free or discounted water butt from your local water company, so before you splash out, check our list of free water saving devices from your local water company.
If not, here are some of the best, the biggest and the more attractive water butts on the market.
The Rainsaver Water Butt is a good basic water butt which holds 190L. It is the UK's best seller and can be bought for around £30. Made from recycled plastic and guaranteed for 10 years, it is the most popular water butt to be offered by local water companies.
If you need to store a LOT of water, this huge Rainsaver tank holds 750 litres. Available in green or black.
The Rainwater Terrrace Systen is a new concept in rainwater collection which means that you can collect rainwater and grow plants all in one stylish unit.
You can choose whether to go for 2 or 3 tiers and there is a choice of colours. The one shown here is bright green, you can also get it in dark green, terracotta and black.
Yes, this really is a water butt! With a 185 litre capacity, the fountain is optional and it comes in sandstone and the millstone option shown here.
This water butt's design is based on a old German oak tree trunk, but it is made from polyethylene. It comes in two sizes, 300 litres and 475 litres.
The Bee Hive water butt holds 150 litres of water and is made from Terraccina, a resin material that looks very like clay, so it will blend in to your garden.
This is a Victorian styled water butt with a 225 litre capacity perfect for spooky gothic mansions....
This polyethylene tank in a lovely warm terracotta shade holds 275 litres has a rustic, old-fashioned look about it.
This is a real oak water butt made from an ex-distillery cask. One of a selection from The Barrel Makers.
This very attractive water butt looks like oak, but is actually just a very good polyethylene version, perfect for rustic style gardens.
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About the Author: Jacqui O'Brien is the Editor of Reduce Reuse Recycle.
Last updated 15th February 2017