30 Jun '15, 12pm

Keep our front gardens green! The Ecologist

Keep our front gardens green! The Ecologist

We need to tip the balance of planning rules in favour of front gardens dominated by open flower beds, lawns, green open spaces and permeable pathways. Paving should be kept to a bare minimum. When you next get the chance, see how many suburban front gardens are concreted or paved over - leaving rainfall nowhere to run off except the street. See how many contain no greenery at all - reducing the habitat available to urban wildife, depriving us of the green shade of plants, and raising temperatures. At a time when we need our urban front gardens more than ever to combat the effects of heavy rain, heatwaves and air pollution with plants that can filter out noxious vehicle fumes, they are disappearing at a rate never seen before as people turn their front gardens into off-street car parks. Instead of lawns, hedges and plants, our front gardens are being replaced by a creeping...

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