A recent report into the state of London's gardens has revealed that garden space in the capital is being lost at a rate of two and a half Hyde Parks each year due to the prevalence of decking and paving.
The study was carried out by The London Wildlife Trust along with the Greater London Authority and Greenspace Information for Greater London. It was titled London: Garden City? and was conducted over a 100 month period. It discovered that decking and paving has increased by 25% in that period.
Housing was also shown to have had an effect as 500 gardens in London were lost to development each year during the study. In total this equated to 6 hectares of lost greenery each year.
The study also showed that London gardens now have less greenery. In 2008 a study revealed that 57% of London gardens contained vegetation. This figure has now dropped by 12%. In addition garden sheds and general garden buildings have increased the amount of land they cover by 55%.
The researchers used aerial photography to discover the use of London gardens alongside data they gathered from various sources.