25 - 26 Apr 2020
Saturday 25th April & Sunday 26th April
Just turn up Open garden only.
When Francoise moved to Worthing in the summer of 2017, she soon discovered that her new home was vulnerable to the effect of surface water, given the type of clay soil the house stands in, and that the dampness problems the house was suffering from had been hidden. It all became apparent in the autumn, when returning from a few days away to discover black mould spreading throughout the back of the house, and a foul atmosphere. Contributing factors at the time had been a very wet summer, and mains water pipes leaking in 3 places outside the property.
Immediate remedial action was taken by repairing water pipes, replacing the central heating with a more efficient modern system with condensing boiler, and installing additional air bricks and clearing rubble and debris from existing air bricks, to improve ventilation within the property.
Francoise continued research around the issue, studying local maps, soil conditions and surface water tendencies. A flood map obtained from the Environment Agency showed a tendency for surface water to flow down the driveway and accumulate in the back garden.
Francoise visited a number of the properties in our 2018 Eco Open Houses event, where surface water management was a key theme, and got to see ideas in action, including rain gardens, swales, use of different levels, deep guttering and rainwater harvesting with managed overflow.
Through research and consultation with a garden designer, a plan for major ground works for the garden was created, which was then executed by a local gardening firm.
Its' been a dramatic transformation to the garden and now water is managed much more efficiently, eliminating damp in the house.
Francoise has produced a wonderful document detailing the process in full, and showing many photographs, before, during and after. This document is below (second PDF).