The key to protecting your home against flooding could be as simple as turning your gravel and tarmac patches into gardens, according to a leading expert. A botanist has revealed planting ‘rain gardens’ of grass, shrubs and plants can help soak up excess water and combat flooding. This past weekend, thousands of Britons were forced to evacuate their homes due to flooding from Storm Dennis. According to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, a selection of both native plants and foreign foliage can help combat excess water. Scroll down for video An example of urbanisation in Edinburgh between 1990 and 2015, showing the loss of valuable grassy areas that can soak up flood water The flooded back garden in Exeter, where heavy rain has caused the River Clyst to burst its banks Homeowners can often find the upkeep of a garden a hassle and difficult to find time to maintain as part of a busy lifestyle and opt for concrete or tarmac in their yards. But according to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, maintaining a patch of earth has enormous environmental benefits. ‘We should not be fighting against nature, we should be living in harmony with it,’ said Kirsty Wilson, a… Read full this story
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