Greener gardens might ease deluge

York Press: Greener gardens might ease deluge Greener gardens might ease deluge

I’ve just walked down Scarcroft Hill as the rain pours down from the latest storm. I watched water rush from the fairly large number of front gardens which are paved, into the gutter, down the hill to the overflowing drains, which lead to the Ouse, which is beginning to flood.

This has given me a great new idea on how to fund future flood resilience. Alan Titchmarsh and all his friends who have benefited from the gardening programmes which have promoted decking, paving, and a whole range of impermeable garden coverings could donate some of their gains to a fund.

This could provide money for sustainable drainage systems to stop water rushing straight into our rivers. Come on Titchmarsh et al, the garden designers and paving stone suppliers, not to mention B&Q and Homebase, you need to cough up so that we can have some rain gardens, green roofs, green walls, and ponds and reservoirs to hold back the torrents.

Sara Robin, Wentworth Road, York.

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11:09am Wed 19 Feb 14

roadwars says...

Or planning regulations could be enforced with regards to run-off and soak away, any paved areas larger than 5Msq need planning permission if they are not permeable.
Lots can be done on the small scale but without large scale developers taking it seriously it will not make a lot of difference.
How much rain water did the bog-land under the new park and ride sites at Askham Bar and Poppleton, used to hold for example...
Or planning regulations could be enforced with regards to run-off and soak away, any paved areas larger than 5Msq need planning permission if they are not permeable. Lots can be done on the small scale but without large scale developers taking it seriously it will not make a lot of difference. How much rain water did the bog-land under the new park and ride sites at Askham Bar and Poppleton, used to hold for example... roadwars
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1:26pm Wed 19 Feb 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

Good point but this is nothing. You wait until thousands of new homes are built on the green belt and oher places.
Not a problem, when it rains we call it climate change. When it dosn't rain too for that matter. Ed Miiband thinks some more wind turbines will stop the flooding but I just know he has no idea. Or maybe there is a cunning plan?
Good point but this is nothing. You wait until thousands of new homes are built on the green belt and oher places. Not a problem, when it rains we call it climate change. When it dosn't rain too for that matter. Ed Miiband thinks some more wind turbines will stop the flooding but I just know he has no idea. Or maybe there is a cunning plan? ColdAsChristmas
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4:06pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Pinza-C55 says...

And instead of repaving the area in front of the art gallery at a cost of £1 million the Council could create a grassed area where people could sunbathe if we ever get any hot weather? Grass is cheap and looks good.
And instead of repaving the area in front of the art gallery at a cost of £1 million the Council could create a grassed area where people could sunbathe if we ever get any hot weather? Grass is cheap and looks good. Pinza-C55
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4:02pm Thu 20 Feb 14

TheTruthHurts says...

Pinza-C55 wrote:
And instead of repaving the area in front of the art gallery at a cost of £1 million the Council could create a grassed area where people could sunbathe if we ever get any hot weather? Grass is cheap and looks good.
Not strictly true. Grass seed in itself is quite cheap but its not particularly cheap to maintain year in year out :-)
[quote][p][bold]Pinza-C55[/bold] wrote: And instead of repaving the area in front of the art gallery at a cost of £1 million the Council could create a grassed area where people could sunbathe if we ever get any hot weather? Grass is cheap and looks good.[/p][/quote]Not strictly true. Grass seed in itself is quite cheap but its not particularly cheap to maintain year in year out :-) TheTruthHurts
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