A veg gar­den can add £90k value

London Evening Standard (West End Final B) - ES Homes and Property - - News -

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

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