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Survey Reveals UK Keenest on Properties with a Garden

Just as the RHS Chelsea Flower Show opened on Tuesday this week, news was also announced revealing the results of a new survey that showed more detached properties with gardens were built in the UK during 2014.

Brits have always been passionate about gardening, maintaining well manicured lawns and growing beautiful combinations of flowers, shrubs and trees so it is no surprise that many home buyers look for properties with a good sized plot - and the growth in detached properties with large gardens seems to be aimed at this group of buyers. Gardening is a more popular pass time here in the UK when compared with many other Europe nations who tend to prefer low maintenance gardens with paving, gravel or decking to suit their sunnier and harsher climate.

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If home buyers are looking for inspiration for what they can achieve in their own gardens then the Chelsea Flower Show is one of the best places to visit. It is the biggest event of its kind in the UK but there are others taking place throughout the year including RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show beginning in late June and RHS Flower Show Tatton Park in Cheshire, taking place in July. There are also many other garden events in Britain, such as Gardening Scotland in Edinburgh, in late May, as well as Southport Flower Show, in August.

Survey results

The overall number of detached dwellings constructed rose by 24% taking the total from 30,849 in 2013 to 38,113 in 2014.

This increase has been shown as particularly strong in the regions of Yorkshire and Humber, with the number of detached properties up 24%, and in the West Midlands region the figure rose by 16%.

An increase of 33% of detached dwellings built was recorded in Wales, with 17% in Northern Ireland and 9% in Scotland.

The growth in detached dwellings seems to relate to a supply and demand issue, and the surge has in part helped to reinstate balance to the UK's housing stock and start to fulfil the requirements of UK home buyers.

One development in Bicester is set to add even more detached homes this year. The Kingsmere development in Oxfordshire is set to become the UK’s second new Garden City, with up to 2,500 new dwellings being built in the area.

The first phase is under construction, including Drayton Garden Village an open public space. 5 different development firms are working on the site including Taylor Wimpey, Bovis Homes, David Wilson Homes and Bellway Homes all offering their own various housing designs and gardens to give buyers a good range to choose from.


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