How does your gar­den grow?

Country Life Every Week - - PROPERTY NEWS - Carla Passino

GAR­DEN­ING is time well spent—at least where the value of your house is con­cerned. New re­search by AXA In­sur­ance has found that peo­ple be­lieve a well-tended plot adds £1,954 to a prop­erty’s price tag. ‘It’s not very of­ten that a pas­time you en­joy reaps such re­wards, but gar­den­ing is a great skill that many peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ate,’ notes Gareth How­ell, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of AXA In­sur­ance.

Among those who seem to value green­ery the most are prop­erty own­ers in East Anglia, who put the gar­den pre­mium at £2,306, ac­cord­ing to AXA. Lo­cal es­tate agent Zoe Napier be­lieves the fig­ure is even higher. ‘Per­son­ally, I think £2,000 is an un­der­es­ti­ma­tion. Gar­dens—es­pe­cially es­tab­lished, ma­ture ones—of­fer some­thing that money can’t buy: you can’t go out and suc­cess­fully pur­chase a 40-year-old weep­ing wil­low. I call this in­trin­sic value—and of­ten a gar­den holds many thou­sand pounds.’

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