Study reveals best cities in UK to own a garden


Photo: HS Rosemoor apprentice Grace Barker admiring foxgloves and daisies in a Devon garden. Credit: Guy Harrop

A new study has revealed where to find some of the most garden friendly cities in the UK.

The study, carried out by cleaning and maintenance service company Fantastic Services, analysed ONS data on private outdoor space in more than fifty of the biggest areas of the UK to determine the city where a property is most likely to have a garden.

It found that Stoke-on-Trent is the most garden friendly city in the UK with 94.4 per cent of addresses having access to private outdoor space.

However, the average garden size in Stoke-on-Trent was found to be 169 metres squared which ranks as the eighth smallest garden size in the UK.

Sunderland came in second with 94 per cent of addresses having private outdoor space. In the city, 66.9 per cent of flats were found to have access to private gardens as well as 99 per cent of houses having private outdoor space.

Edinburgh offers the highest percentage of flats with access to private outdoor space (79 per cent) with an average of 5.5 flats sharing one garden.

Peterborough ranked as the third most garden friendly city in the UK with 93.8 per cent of addresses owning a garden. In Peterborough, 71 per cent of flats have access to a garden, the seventh highest percentage in the UK.

In terms of actual garden space, Bournemouth ranked highest out of any city in the UK with residents owning an average of 307.4 metres squared of outdoor space. However, only 88.5 per cent of addresses have private gardens within the city, the 15th highest percentage in the UK.

Only 77 per cent of addresses in Watford have gardens – the lowest percentage in all of the UK. When broken down into property types, only 44 per cent of flats in Watford had access to private outdoor space, making Watford the city with the lowest percentage of flats with a garden in the UK.

Dundee had the second lowest percentage of properties with a garden with only 79 per cent of residents having access to private outdoor space.

Manchester ranked as third for the lowest percentage of addresses that have a garden in the UK. Manchester also ranked fourth for having the smallest average garden size of 143.1 metres squared.

Portsmouth has the lowest average garden size with less than half the space of residents in Bournemouth at just 115.9 metres squared.

A spokesperson for Fantastic Services said: “The past 18 months have shown us how having access to garden space can be incredibly beneficial in terms of wellbeing and mental health.

“For many people, a garden is an absolute must-have when they are searching for a property, and this study reveals which cities in the UK offer garden lovers the best opportunities to own their own space.”

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