1 Jun 2020
One in eight households has no garden, figures show
One in eight households has had no access to a garden during the coronavirus lockdown, figures have shown.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) released the data after lockdown restrictions were eased in England to allow people to spend more time outside in public spaces.
The figures, based on data from Ordnance Survey and Natural England, show in London 21% of households have no access to private or shared gardens, although they are the most likely in the country to have a park nearby.
Black people are four times more likely to have no access to outdoor space, according to the data.
Parks and green spaces in England are expected to get busier after the lockdown measures were eased on Wednesday, allowing people to picnic and sunbathe as long as they observe social distancing.
The ONS estimated more than a quarter of people in Great Britain live within a five-minute walk of a park, with 72% able to get to their nearest park within 15 minutes.
Those in more deprived neighbourhoods are about twice as likely to live five-minutes away from a park and in London 44% of people can get to their nearest park within five minutes.
The average park in Great Britain serves just under 2,000 people, the ONS said, with some in densely-populated areas catering for many more.
Clapham Common is the closest park for 46,000 people.
A Government spokesman said: “We know that spending time in green spaces can support health and wellbeing.
“Our updated guidance means that people can now spend more time outdoors in parks and open spaces and enjoy a wider range of outdoor activities for any length of time, subject to social distancing.”
Written by the Shropshire Star