For many years, British householders have been focusing their green-fingered efforts on their back gardens, with the front increasingly likely to be paved over or kept in a fairly minimal state. But all that appears to be changing.
A survey carried out by YouGov on behalf of the Royal Horticultural Society has found that after years when covering front garden spaces with bins, gravel or paving stones was in vogue, they are now increasingly becoming green again.
Since a similar survey by Ipsos Mori was carried out in 2015, the amount of front-garden green space has grown by seventy times the area of Hyde Park, the study showed. This has seen twice as many property fronts being entirely green, while the number with no grass, flora or foliage has correspondingly halved.
The demand for turfing services in London may be boosted by a particular desire of people living in urban areas to increase the level of greenery to improve the local environment,
As well as making the vicinity look more pleasantly verdant, it can help take carbon out of the atmosphere and provide a friendlier environment for wildlife ranging from pollinating insects to small mammals.
Front gardens can also help soak up rainwater after storms to reduce the risk of flash flooding and boost mental health.
Indeed, the last of these factors has encouraged people to make the most of the garden space available to them while Covid restrictions have piled on the angst, prompting people to seek out refreshing oases of serenity to relax in amid the global maelstrom.
The survey showed that 48 per cent of those with a garden spent more time in it during last year’s spring lockdown, while a quarter bought more plants.
According to Greenspace Information for Greater London, at present 47 per cent of land in the metropolis is green, including 14 per cent in domestic gardens and 33 per cent in open space such as parks, nature reserves and common land.