Woking Borough Council is working in partnership with Surrey County Council and Highways to install rain gardens as part of a pilot project in areas that are susceptible to flooding. Rain gardens were first developed in USA. Rainwater gardens comprise of landscaped gardens , designed to help slow down water run-off, which reduces the rate at which water enters the surface of the water drainage system. As well as helping to prevent flooding, rain gardens can help wildlife by attracting bees and other pollinating insects.
The first rain garden was installed in February 2019 in Blackdown Close, Sheerwater., where the existing roundabout was covered with a range of plants that are also good for bees. The garden has proved successful in managing surface water run off during heavy rain and storms. The project team is identifying other places in the borough that have suffered from past floods.