Vegetated land in London’s gardens has been lost at a rate of two and a half Hyde Parks per year, driven by garden design and maintenance choices.
(2011) Published by the London Wildlife Trust. The report London: Garden City? From Green to Gray, Observed Changes in Garden Vegetation Structure in London, 1998-2008 shows that London’s gardens are changing from green to grey. Vegetated land in the capital’s gardens has been lost at a rate of two and a half Hyde Parks per year, driven by garden design and maintenance choices. Hard surfacing – including decking and paving – increased by over 25% in the 100-month study period. In 2008, about 14% of London was garden green space, but garden vegetation decreased 12% (about 7200 acres). About 500 gardens were lost annually, replaced with new home construction and much smaller gardens.
The report recommends policies regulating the amount of paving allowed on front gardens and tree preservation for trees in back gardens. Written by the London Wildlife Trust, Greenspace Information for the Greater London and the Greater London Authority and issued in 2010.