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Water cascades into our garden from next door

John Conlin / 25 May 2018

Chartered surveyor John Conlin advises on what to do about water flowing in from a neighbouring garden.

A French drain will steer water away from the lawn
A French drain will steer water away from the lawn


We live halfway up a steep hill. Six years ago the house above us had a lot of building work done with most of the rubble being spread over the garden and buried beneath new turf and paving.

As a result water cascades on to our garden. Is there any way we can solve the problem without going to court?


Water will always follow the path of least resistance. You could create a ‘French drain’ along the boundary to catch the water before it flows further on to your land. This consists of a trench about 12in wide and 18in deep lined with woven porous landscape fabric and filled with large pebbles.

Better still have a brick wall built along the boundary finishing at least a foot above your neighbour’s ground level so that the water is contained on his property.

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