The RHS launched the report at the world-famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show, as part of its campaign to get Greening Grey Britain. The gardening charity is calling on people to pledge to green their own bit of grey, and is sharing updated advice and ideas to green up front gardens.
As part of the campaign, RHS Britain in Bloom will also transform 6,000 community spaces from grey to green over the next three years.
‘Our work to get Greening Grey Britain began in April with the 2015 launch of Europe’s biggest community gardening campaign: RHS Britain in Bloom has a three-year target to transform 6,000 unloved grey spaces into thriving planted up places.
‘Over the coming months we will continue to share and promote ideas for individuals and communities to go from grey to green, ranging from pulling up a paving stone and planting it up, to creating window boxes, planting up front gardens and transforming grey public spaces. Greening Grey Britain can be as big or small as anyone likes, the critical point is that collectively we can all make a positive difference one plant at a time.’
Sue Biggs, RHS Director General
The worst place in the country for paving over front gardens is London, with half of all front gardens paved over – a 36% increase over the last 10 years. London also had the biggest reduction of plant cover in front gardens in the UK, with five times as many front gardens with no plants compared when compared with 10 years ago.
The North East is the only place in the UK that has reduced the number of completely paved gardens. Front gardens in the North East with 50% plants or more also increased by almost 30%.