London: Garden City?

A new report has revealed the scale of garden loss in London.

The pioneering study by London Wildlife Trust, Greenspace Information for Greater London and the Greater London Authority, shows that London’s gardens – which make up nearly a quarter of Greater London – are changing from green to grey.

Garden greenspace in the capital’s gardens has been lost at a rate of two and a half Hyde Parks per year, driven by recent trends in garden design. While hard surfacing – including decking and paving – increased by over 25 per cent in the 100 month study period.

I helped edit the report, which is a fascinating portrait of the anatomy of London’s gardens, but one that highlights some very worrying trends.

Gardens are incredibly important resources for people and wildlife and, in an era of climatic change, surely they should surely be respected and protected.  Read the report here.

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