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Gardens need protection

Posted Aug 08 2010 2:29am

Building on or paving over gardens turns our green spaces grey and increases flood risks and damages wildlife.Paving, tarmac and concrete increase the amount of rainwater run-off by as much as 50%, multiplying the risk of local flooding.

People need space to park but, when it comes to our front gardens it doesn’t have to be a choice between driveway or garden. There are a whole range of green options for creating car spaces; semi-permeable membranes topped with gravel which absorbs rainwater, low-growing green planting, such as thyme and many more.

The RHS’s Urban Series provides a practical guide with a range of options to help people who care about their local environment but still need a parking space – hopefully every car owner.

The Guardian’s Piece by piece project brings together groups working to save biodiversity from ill-conceived development

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