My conclusion is this programme was a fantastic inspiring account of how gardens have such a positive effect on us as individuals our community and more importantly the planet. These posts will provide positive inspiration and motivation to embrace these ideas. Although New Zealander are keen gardeners, these posts will enlighten and remind us why we must continue to plant trees and shrubs and how gardens in general impact positively on human beings:
It's time to save Britain's front gardens:Front gardens kept passing traffic at arm's length and were places to grow flowers or chat with neighbours. During the dark days of the Second World War they helped drive the Dig for Victory campaign which prevented the nation from starving. Later the well-manicured front garden with its privet hedge was at the heart of suburbia.
As car ownership grew millions of front gardens were covered in concrete to provide parking spaces. At the same time kerbs were dropped, hedges ripped out and grass verges lost. Entire streets of Victorian terraces and Edwardian semis were caught up in the craze.
In the past 25 years it's estimated the number of hard-standing areas for cars in UK residential areas has doubled. In the process about four million front gardens have been lost - also to make room for bicycles, dustbins and recycling boxes or becoming dumping grounds for junk.
It has been calculated the space that has been gobbled up nationally is equivalent to 100 Hyde Parks and this culling of front gardens is having a dramatic impact on our lives.
The risk of flooding has increased, we're less likely to meet and get to know our neighbours and wildlife has suffered.
It's even claimed the trend for off-street parking has created a crime wave because we're spending less time outside the front of our homes.
BUT now a campaign to rejuvenate front gardens will feature in an episode of a new BBC Two series Great British Garden Revival. Presenter and gardener Joe Swift says: "In the past our front gardens were highly valued and we used them to show off our horticultural prowess … more to follow keep a look out for post two.