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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

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