TWO estates in Hayes will be undergoing a facelift to make them kinder to wildlife and future-proof them against climate change.

Hillingdon Council has joined with environmental charity Groundwork to build rain gardens at Wilkins Close and Gurney House, with work already underway.

The rain gardens are landscaped areas that will collect rainwater, allowing it to pool and then soak into the ground slowly before reaching the drainage system.

These planted features will help reduce the risk of flash flooding by providing a permeable surface to collect surface water and reducing run-off.

Cllr Eddie Lavery, Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, said: “These rain gardens will help reduce localised flash-flooding but also provide vital greenery and a space for wildlife.”

Work is expected to finish this month.