SUDS v Storms

In the wake of Storm Brendan there’s an increased risk of flooding across many parts of the UK . . . but this is just part of a much bigger threat.

The number of households in the UK at risk of flooding could more than double by 2050 – affecting more than 1.9 million homes – due to the effects of climate change.

This is according to research from data provider MSCI.

The Environment Agency has also warned that many of Britain’s coastal communities may have to be relocated because of rising sea levels and increased risk of flooding.

Greenbelt takes the threat of flooding very seriously. This is why we are one of the UK’s leading advocates of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) in new build developments.

Essentially interconnected systems of ponds, swales, basins and specialised vegetation, they efficiently intercept and retain excess rainfall, groundwater and surface runoff, releasing it at a pre-defined and controlled rate to reduce stress on connected waterways.

This meaningfully mitigates the risk and severity of urban flooding, where present.

Even better, our SUDS allow us to do this without posing a negative impact to the environment.

While traditional piped systems can be unsightly or obtrusive, our SUDS are not only specifically designed to complement the natural landscape but they also contribute towards local biodiversity – while serving their core purpose as managed, engineered flood mitigation units.

“Greenbelt is recognised across the UK as a responsible and effective land management guardian, even when the heavens open and nature tries to do its worst,” notes Greenbelt CEO Alex Middleton.

“SUDS are just one example of our careful and sustainable approach to land management.”

If you’d like to read more about how Greenspace – our pioneering land maintenance services programmes – help protect your property, and potentially enhance its value, you can find regular updates right here in The Green Room.