On this more ‘unusual’ bank holiday weekend, many people paid tribute to their gardens by raising a glass to their neighbours and sharing their latest quarantine handiwork for National Garden Day, Sunday 10th May, on social media. Late Saturday afternoon, I took to the streets to explore it myself.
As I meandered through the country lanes of Stoke Row, there was something oddly nostalgic about it all. VE Day celebrations were quite underway and a few households had relocated their afternoon teas to the front porch, dressed in patriotic clothing and colours to commemorate Britain’s victory. Windows were taped with hand-drawn rainbows and hedges zig-zagged with bunting of all different patterns, shapes and sizes. Neighbours faced neighbours across the street on foldable chairs and basked in the setting sun. As I reached the end of my daily stroll, the appropriate wartime classic “We’ll meet again” drifted from one living-room and into the street: it was rather wonderful and strange all at once and I suddenly realised how surreal navigating these past few weeks have been.
People cope with hardship in all different ways, but the transformation of our gardens as they change from season to season bring ceaseless joy. This national holiday aims to bring awareness of how tending our little patches can really improve physical and mental well-being. As we reach Week 8 of lockdown, it has never felt more British and more necessary to celebrate our gardens.
A garden at what cost?
According to a study by Zoopla, house-hunters are prepared to pay £15,000 for a garden when buying a property, placing its importance on par with a good kitchen and bathroom. A closer look at the top-end of the South-East, house-hunters are willing to pay £21,925 with yearly upkeep costing £812. To renovate a garden, house-hunters should expect a cost just shy of £8,000 - states Nick Burridge in his articleGardens and Kitchen on Par for Home-Hunters).
Lockdown excludes no-one in its enforcement of social distancing and many renters have noted that not having a garden has seriously worsened their ability to cope with being house-bound. When faced with the humble abodes of the Beckham’s and Kardashian’s, it’s impossible not to compare our homes with those of celebrities’ online.
“As someone who lives in a flat, I currently hate everyone that has a garden”
#NationalGardenDayUK certainly saw a divide on Twitter. “I want a garden so badly, just the option to sit in it, with a book and look at the sky. Being in a flat kinda sucks” said Cat Morgan (@felisferalis). On a more sarcastic note, Joe shared: “Absolutely cracking day to be locked in a flat with no garden. Loving life” (@JoeRobbs). Meanwhile, Gabby Tweeted “The smell of a BBQ cooking when you’re cooped up in a garden-less flat is torture” (@GabbyCrawford).
To anyone who has struggled to stare at the same four walls throughout lockdown, perhaps now is a good time to consider purchasing a home with a garden.
Our Tops Picks to Escape To The Country
We’ve collated a handful of properties for sale which benefit from a mix of private gardens and outstanding natural beauty nearby.
Pearces Meadow, Nettlebed
A comment from our vendor: “This beautiful house, our home, has been an absolute joy to have lived in.
This three-bedroom detached property is based in the Chiltern Valleys, undisturbed and picturesque. With minimal light intrusion, residents can gaze up at a sky full of stars come nighttime in privacy and peace.
The rear garden consists of a large lawn and patio area with shrub borders that look onto a wide expanse of countryside. An allotment is available to rent by passing through the back gate to garnish al-fresco dining with some home-grown herbs. This gate exit also leads to a footpath on route to the local primary school and various other amenities; the Doctor’s surgery is merely a five minute’s walk away.
Crocker End, Nettlebed
Following its extensive renovation in 1983, this idyllic cottage has been a family home for close to 60 years.
Quaint and characterful, this grade II listed building is situated in the Chiltern Hills in the hamlet of Crocker End. Lap up the sunshine in this well-kept garden or take to the woodland trails - either by foot or bike - finishing in one Nettlebed village’s local pubs.
This walled garden has a particularly English feel thanks to the glorious backdrop of brick and flint. It also offers storage for outdoor tools in the shed or summer house. However, if space is what you need, planning permission also grants a two-storey extension to perfectly house a growing family.
The Bourne, Northend
A classic cottage externally with all the benefits of a modern and spacious home.
This four-bedroom property is situated in the heart of the Chilterns in the hamlet of Northend and features a spectacular private garden.
On entrance, a five-bar gate opens wide onto a gravel driveway, room for multiple cars, creating a warm & homely welcome. The back garden is accessible via both sideways or, alternatively, residents can slip through the french doors of the living room and tread the shingle perimeter, up the stone steps to the lawn and detached shed.
This versatile outdoor space caters for all ages. The rear garden offers plenty of room to erect play equipment for children, adjacent to the seating area. Likewise, the surrounding wooden fence also ensures privacy from neighbours and prevents pets from escaping.
How high is a garden on your property wishlist?
We are fortunate that Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire have no shortage of outstanding natural beauty. So, if you find yourself falling in love with a property without a garden, consider moving to the countryside where greenery is in abundance and at no extra cost.
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