‘Late blight’ tactics, concrete trouble, funny pictures
WHEN we moved into our terraced house in the early 70s we liked the fact that our neighbours took great care of their gardens. Each house had a display of flower beds and well-kept lawns, often with a greenhouse and pond.
Some 40 years later the gardens are gone, replaced with depressing drives of grey chipped stones or gravel, block paving or Tarmac. Only me and another stalwart continue to maintain a traditional front garden. It wouldn’t be quite so bad if their back gardens were well kept but all I can see from my upstairs window are trampolines and even hot tubs sited in plant-free zones. How I despair at the loss of habitat for wildlife and beauty to the eye. Anne Holloway, Harrow, Middlesex
Wendy says: Quite right, who wants an outlook of car parks and trampolines? Change is happening thanks to Royal Horticultural Society’s ‘Greening Grey Britain’ and ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ campaigns, with dozens of community groups and schools taking action. The RHS is also giving advice on how to green up a grey front garden, visit rhs.org.uk
More people are ditching traditional styles in favour of hard landscaping