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Harrogate gardens among the biggest in Yorkshire

Harrogate gardens among the biggest in Yorkshire

Published by May Norman at 6:20am 23rd May 2020.

Harriet Clugston, Data Reporter

Gardens in Harrogate among the largest in Yorkshire and The Humber

  • Gardens in Harrogate are among the largest across Yorkshire.
  • New figures revealed the average size is 272.3 square metres.
  • But 9 per cent of Harrogate households have no access to any private outdoor space at all.

Harrogate homes boast among the largest gardens, patios and balconies in Yorkshire and The Humber.

That is according to a new analysis of outdoor living space by the Office for National Statistics, which has also revealed the number of households that have had to make do without gardens during the coronavirus crisis.

The average size of private outdoor space in Harrogate homes is 443.6 square metres – the third-largest in Yorkshire and The Humber, where gardens are 272.3 square metres on average.

The biggest gardens in Yorkshire and The Humber are found in Ryedale, where residents enjoy 612.7 square metres apiece on average, while the smallest are in Hull, at only 140.7 square metres.

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The figures only include homes that have private outdoor space, and those without gardens, patios or balconies are excluded.

But 9 per cent of Harrogate households have no access to any private outdoor space at all – lower than the national average of 12 per cent.

Mental health charity Mind says spending time outdoors during the coronavirus crisis can be an important way to boost our mood, help manage mental health problems, and improve our physical well-being.

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While most people are now allowed outdoors for unlimited exercise, people who are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19 are still shielding themselves at home.

The Resolution Foundation think tank says the lockdown has “brought to the fore a whole range of housing-related inequalities”, including insecurity for renters, overcrowding, and a lack of access to gardens and green spaces.

Principal research and policy analyst Lindsay Judge said:

"Post-pandemic we need to ensure that housing policy focuses on quality and security, as well as quantity.

“That should mean homes – and housing contracts – that are fit for all types of families.”

Even with lockdown restrictions now eased slightly, Mind says some people may find it difficult to get outside as they feel low or unmotivated, or are worried about being near other people.

A Mind spokesman said:

“However, there are lots of ways that we can overcome these barriers.

“We can start by bringing the nature into our homes by simply sitting by an open window, taking in the sounds, smells, and views.

“Buying a plant or seeds to grow inside or in the garden can also help us become familiar with nature.”