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When completing any landscaping project, putting the right measures in place to protect the surrounding area from flooding can make a huge difference. Whether your next project is located in a high risk area for flooding or not, incorporating a sustainable drainage system into the design is important. Since 2008, it has been necessary for landscaping projects over 5m2 to incorporate permeability to gain approval, specifically in domestic front gardens.

Sustainable drainage systems can help to manage surface water and reduce flood risk. It might not be something your next client has thought about, but it could be just the thing they needed. Brett Landscaping explains more.

The benefits of a sustainable draining system

A sustainable drainage system is an eco-friendly approach to managing surface water, taking into account water quantity, water quality and surrounding wildlife. They typically help to transport surface water to reduce the risk of pooling or flooding which can lead to hazards. This can be a significant design consideration for both domestic and commercial landscaping projects.

Sustainable drainage systems can reduce the impact of diffuse pollution, while improving the biodiversity of the surrounding area. What’s more, a system like this can capture rainwater for re-use purposes, and to recharge groundwater supplies.

On the whole, having a sustainable drainage system in place offers a well-designed open space, either private or public, to improve the quality of water flow.

Incorporating drainage systems into landscaping projects

Paving and driveway areas are often the first impression of any property, and it’s now possible to choose permeable paving for your upcoming projects. With no compromise on design or appearance, permeable paving is able to release water back into the environment in a controlled way.

Water management should be a key consideration of landscape planning, particularly if the area is prone to water pooling or collecting. Permeable paving lets runoff stormwater soak through its surface, which can reduce the frequency of flooding. Whether it’s a home or a commercial building, this can make a great difference.

Permeable paving works by leaving small gaps between the blocks, which doesn’t affect the overall finished look of the product, but can let the water through through easily. This can be handy for day-to-day, as well as in heavy rain.

Next time you are planning a landscaping project for a client, consider your options when it comes to the wider environment and what sustainable opportunities are available.