1 in 8 households in GB has no garden

It is easy to be judgemental about other people’s moral compasses but these figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) made me sit up and think how lucky I am and how much easier it is to do social distancing if living in a house with a garden or countryside /coast nearby.

This is what the ONS says:


One in eight households (12%) in Great Britain has no access to a private or shared garden during the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.

This rises to more than one in five households in London (21%), easily the highest percentage of any region or country of Great Britain. The next highest is Scotland, at 13%.

In England, Black people are nearly four times as likely as White people to have no access to outdoor space at home, whether it be a private or shared garden, a patio or a balcony (37% compared with 10%). This is according to survey data from Natural England.

People in semi-skilled and unskilled manual occupations, casual workers and those who are unemployed are almost three times as likely as those in managerial, administrative, professional occupations to be without a garden (20% compared with 7%).

Meanwhile, older people – at greater risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and advised to stay at home as much as possible – are among those most likely to have access to a garden. Just 8% of people aged 65 years and over are without access to any kind of private outdoor space.


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