Warning Over Shrinking British Gardens
It’s no secret that the gardens allotted to new homes have been getting smaller and smaller, with many new-build properties not having a private garden at all.
And now one industry group is calling on the government to do more to protect our green spaces and ensure that we have access to outdoor areas at our homes because of the economic and health benefits gardens provide.
DIY Week shared the research carried out by Oxford Economics on behalf of the Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable Group, which found that the ornamental horticulture sector contributed £24.2 billion to the UK’s GDP in 2017.
The organisation also revealed that, by 2020, one million fewer homes will be without gardens compared to 1995.
Gardener Alan Titchmarsh has been supporting the group’s campaign. Speaking about the issue in October, he urged the government to take notice and take steps now to protect gardens and ensure homes are constructed with gardens.
“If horticulture continues to be undervalued and overlooked and we carry on building homes without gardens it will have a devastating impact not only on our national economy but also on the environment and our living conditions as a whole,” he asserted.
If you’re guilty of neglecting your outdoor space, make 2019 the year when you get to grips with your garden. You could even start now, with the Express recently suggesting that these quieter months of the year are the ideal time to get a garden makeover underway.
Remember that you don’t have to do this alone. You can get help with Somerset landscaping from professionals, who can advise you how to make best use of your space and help you pick the perfect plants for your garden.