Passionate about water
and the environment
We’re Lorna Davis and Alex Stephenson, innovators and creators of the SuDSPlanter.
When we set out to create SuDSPlanter, our aim was to produce an environmentally sound flood mitigation device which would improve home owners’ lives through urban greening and flood defence.
We’re proud to have achieved all that, and more: yes, SuDSPlanter is ideal for individual homes, but it also has uses in the wider commercial and housing development fields, the water industry and as a compelling educational tool, with direct relevance to the National Curriculum.
We now have a manufacturing team producing the planters, and clients ranging from individual householders to schools and community projects. We’ve recently introduced our first plastic version, made from 100% recycled materials, and have other developments and technical additions in the pipeline too.
Having grown-up on a hill farm in the heart of Wales, my interest in nature and its processes developed at an early age.
I’m a qualified landscape architect and surface water management specialist, with experience in brown field regeneration, flood defence, marine and land based habitat creation; and acted as lead landscape architect and design advisor for the Dwr Cymru, Welsh Water (DCWW) ‘RainScape Strategy’: an initiative which reduces the company’s environmental impact and improves water quality to meet WFD targets within England and Wales.
My RHS bronze-medal-winning ‘RainScape’ garden demonstrated techniques the public can use to enhance their natural environment whilst reducing the volume of surface water entering combined sewers… so creating the SuDSPlanter was an obvious ‘next-step’ for me.
I love getting involved in:
Surface water catchment risk and value analysis for water quality and flood defence
SuDS; from conceptual analysis through to design, engagement and delivery
Stakeholder engagement, public consultation and educational support
Landscape design and implementation, LVIA and brownfield regeneration
Green engineering; catchment analysis, design & delivery of soft landscape solutions
“Passionate about the value of water in our natural and man-made environments and its importance to the survival of our planet and its people”
“After 40 years of storm-water management, working in the drainage, water, wastewater and construction industries, I'm very aware of the issues we face on a local, national and global level”