Carbon Balance and Energy Conservation
Usage of Water
Apart from that, vegetation found in domestic gardens especially trees, provide interception in precipitation while holding water temporarily within their canopy and thus reducing the peak flow . Additionally, vegetation mitigates risk of floods by reducing surface flow and increasing infiltration into the soil . Despite such benefits, paving in domestic gardens has been increased. It has been reported that 13% increase in impervious surfaces over 30 years in Leeds, UK where 75% was due to residential paving of front gardens . This was linked with sever and frequent flooding in the particular area. From 2008, permission is required for impermeable paving as the benefits of vegetative front gardens have been recognized by the UK planning system .
As Therapeutic Landscapes
Yet, in reality most of the individuals who garden may not be consciously aware of health issues. Hence the health scope of domestic gardener should be investigated in detail as gardening can be viewed as an antidote to associated changes of life style.
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