A veg garden can add £90k value
LONDON is turning into a city of urban farmers. Almost one in four people with a garden devotes some outside space to growing their own food, according to a new study.
These numbers do not include the countless other growers in the capital who are turning their balconies and windowsills over to growing veg — and as estate agents know, gardens are not just good for produce, but also for adding value.
TV chefs, the warmer London climate, the growing popularity of organic food and the trend to relax and enjoy the de-stressing satisfaction of producing your own veg are encouraging this growing spree. Last winter’s torrential rain in Spain and consequent shortage of lettuce, courgettes and other veg in British supermarkets earlier this year led to a run on seed buying. Gardening website Crocus reported sales of lettuce seeds up 270 per cent year on year.
Celebrities from Jamie Oliver to David Cameron to Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Moss have their own vegetable plots, while new developments from Battersea Power Station in the south to newhomes estates in the East End feature residents’ rooftop plots and allotments.
When it comes to buying property, 72 per cent of clients surveyed by Foxtons would pay more for a home with a garden. A straw poll of agents suggests outdoor space could add up £90,000 to a London home’s value.
Find Ruth Bloomfield’s full story at homesandproperty.co.uk
Can you dig it? The grow-your-own veg trend has taken root in London gardens and on allotments, balconies and windowsills