Front gardens: permeable paving

Gardens can soak up rain, unlike paving, tarmac and concrete which are less porous and increase the amount of rainwater that runs off by as much as 50 percent. This additional water usually flows into street drains, which can’t always cope. The excess can then go back up people’s front drives to floods their homes. To avoid this problem, use permeable paving and keep hard surfaces to a minimum.

Save to My scrapbook
© RHS / Tim Sandall PUB0025182

Join the RHS today and get 12 months for the price of 9

Join now

Gardeners' calendar

Find out what to do this month with our gardeners' calendar

Advice from the RHS

You may also like

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.