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Rain garden design

The garden was re-designed to take advantage of local weather conditions with a 'rain garden' design

Flooding occurred during the wetter months of the year. The garden was re-designed to take advantage of this using a 'rain garden' design and sustainable drainage principles. VectorWorks CAD software produced the final design 2D/3D visualisation. During the Winter months, the garden became extremely waterlogged and parts of the garden became unusable. We investigated improving the drainage however it was clear looking at flood maps from the Environment Agency that the garden lay in the path of natural culvert. Rain water run off from the road and the buildings added to the water from other sources. The design worked with these factors rather than against them.

A 'rain garden' is a shallow area of ground or dip which receives run-off from roofs and other hard surfaces. It is planted with plants that can stand waterlogging for up to 48 hours at a time. More drought-tolerant plants are used towards the edges. Storm water fills the depression and then drains.

A detailed survey of the existing garden was completed. The survey included all measurements, spot heights, existing shrubs/trees and buildings. The new design included photographs of future planting, detailed new level changes, a new natural pond with a pebble covered channel and an oriental style bridge. All elements of the design fit within the 'overall theme' of the garden that was discussed with the client on a regular basis as the project progressed.

The customer Mike of The Crescent said "Jason listened carefully to our needs and researched our specific situation. We gave him a challenging brief and he overcame the difficulties. He is knowledgeable about planting in the garden and combined this with practical landscaping experience."



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