Industry bodies unite against paved gardens

RHS and HTA to launch campaign to encourage homeowners to retain their gardens

A survey conducted by MORI for the RHS and the HTA has revealed that the overwhelming majority of British front gardens have been paved over, either partially or completely. The two organisations are launching a campaign to encourage homeowners and local authorities to retain their gardens. Earlier this year, as revealed by Horticulture Week, a report by the Greater London Authority showed that 65 per cent of London’s front gardens had been partly or wholly paved. The MORI survey reveals that the picture across the UK is also poor. The RHS has produced a leaflet called Front Gardens pointing out that front gardens promote biodiversity, decrease the risk of flooding and create beautiful environments. The leaflet urges homeowners to use porous paving materials such as grass reinforcers, brick pavers, gravel or matrix pavers. RHS horticultural adviser Leigh Hunt, who wrote the leaflet, said: “This destruction is a serious worry. Unless homeowners understand the problem and learn to value greenery, it can only get worse.”

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