Front garden greenery has surged in the past five years, with homeowners adding an area of planting 70 times the size of Hyde Park, horticulturalists estimate.
The number of front gardens with no greenery at all has halved in five years, according to surveys for the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) carried out in 2015 by Ipsos MORI and in 2020 by YouGov.
And twice as many people say the space at the front of their house is entirely greened up, compared with five years ago.
If replicated countrywide, the shift to greener front gardens could mean almost 40 square miles of plants, trees, grass and earth has been created in five years, the RHS suggests.
The horticultural charity, which launched a campaign to green up gardens in 2015 in response to the spread of paving and gravel, says greener spaces in front of homes have a range of benefits.
They can improve people’s mental and physical health, help wildlife, conserve water from rainfall, improve the air quality, and cool cities in hot summer months.
But while the proportion of front…