Blue Green Infrastructure (BGI)
We need to BEGIN to plan for our future. The climate is changing, bringing wetter and warmer conditions. Our towns and cities need protection from the risk of flooding, drought and a growing population. By providing Blue Green infrastructure (BGI), such as green corridors, bio-swales, permeable paving and rainwater harvesting we can adapt the land to become more tolerant of weather extremes, whilst creating spaces for us all to enjoy and networks for wildlife to flourish.
The BEGIN Project
The Dee Catchment Partnership are delivering outreach for the BEGIN project, in partnership with Aberdeen City Council. This European Interreg funded scheme, looks to engage the public and practioners in seeking solutions to manage cities for the future. This involves planning for both water management and implementing a network of green infrastructure.
What's happening in Aberdeen?
Aberdeen City Council floods team are looking at innovative ways to deliver their North East Local Risk Management Plan (2016-2022), which runs alongside SEPA's Flood Risk Management Strategy. After successfully securing European funding, a working group was established to develop Green Infrastructure projects throughout the city. Three sites (Maidencraig, Fernielea and Summerhill) are being developed under the BEGIN banner, funded internally by the council and through the support of housing developers, Bancon Homes. We will work with a number of schools, groups, householders and the local community to help them understand the importance of increasing our flood capacity, as well as highlighting the benefits that blue green infrastructure can bring to them.
As a result of the Water and Environment Water Services (WEWS) (Scotland) Act 2003, Sustainable Drainage systems (SuDS) are now required by law for all new developments (excluding single dwelling and properties that discharge to coastal water). Many of these features can be found already in Aberdeen, a few of which can be viewed here.
You can click on the SEPA flood map to discover areas that are prone to flooding and why it is important to hold flood waters back, up the catchment.
Managing the flow
Managing the flow Photo credits: Robert Bray Associates Our traditional sewers and drainage systems can not cope with the large volumes of surface water flowing in developed areas. Development for housing, roads, shops etc has cre...
Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS)
Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) Photo credits: Robert Bray Associates Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) are features designed and implemented into the landscape to slow, store, divert, filter and improve the quality of surfa...
Fernielea Primary The Dee Catchment Partnership and Aberdeen City Council have been working with Fernielea Primary school in Aberdeen through the BEGIN project to try and combat historic flooding issues, whilst creating a special pil...
Maidencraig The Den of Maidencraig Local Nature Reserve is being enhanced with a safe route to school pathway, flood alleviation scheme and site upgrades. The new housing development by Bancon Homes is funding the pathway linking ...
Summerhill A new affordable housing scheme has been given the go ahead at the old Summerhill Academy site. As part of the contractors responsibility under the WEWS Act, they are required to design Sustainable Drainage syst...
Developing Green Networks
Developing Green Networks The European Commission defines green infrastructure as “the use of ecosystems, green spaces and water in strategic land use planning to deliver environmental and quality of life benefits. It includes park...