South East Rivers Trust

What you can do

With simple steps, you can help protect your community from flooding.  Click on the images below for more information about steps you can take.

Green your garden
Pave with permeable
Install a water butt
Build a rain garden planter
Make a rain garden

The difference you can make

To inform policy for the London Plan of 2011, the Greater London Authority (GLA) commissioned London Wildlife Trust and Greenspace Information for Greater London to undertake a study into changes to London’s domestic gardens (London: garden city? Investigating the changing anatomy of London’s private gardens, and the scale of their loss ). The study found that:

  • The area of vegetated land present in 1998-99 had dropped 12% in 2006-08, a loss of 3,000 ha.
  • On average, an area of vegetated garden land the size of 2.5 Hyde Parks was lost each year.
  • The amount of hard surfacing in London’s gardens increased by 26% or 2,600 ha.
  • The area of garden buildings increased in area by 55% or 1,000 ha.
  • The amount of lawn decreased by 16% or 2,200 ha.
  • Overall vegetation in gardens decreased by 12% or 3,000 ha

These large-scale changes in garden cover across London have mainly come about due to small changes to individual gardens.  But this also means that individual people and families can reverse these trends, using the simple steps in the panels above to help us all change our urban landscape back from grey to green.  

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