A recent report by the London Wildlife Trust on how London is losing its green gardens came up with some interesting facts.
- There are approx 3.8 million gardens in London (if you count front and back gardens separately) – Wow what a lot.
- 24% of London is domestic outdoor space with 14% of it vegetated. It is therefore really valuable green space.
As a result of garden design and maintenance since 1998/99 there has been a 12% drop in vegetation in gardens, hard surfaces have increased within gardens by 26% and areas of garden buildings by 55%. These are real losses as once an area is paved it is likely to be a long time, if ever, before it is removed.
The report got me thinking about how we transform our gardens to become more family friendly and suit the needs of our kids by adding paving, dens and outdoor offices. For front gardens car parking and more paving to ease maintenance are an increasing popular choice. Although planning permission is now needed if you wish to pave over your front garden unless the paving is permeable.
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