New figures have revealed that one in ten households in Leicester and Leicestershire have no access to garden.
The figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) highlight the number of people who don’t have an outdoor space of their own during the third lockdown.
They show 45,000 homes in the city and county have no access to a garden or shared garden.
This ranges from seven per cent of households in Oadby and Wigston, to 14 per cent of homes in the city.
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The variation between the city and the county is due to a greater density of flats in cities such as Leicester – where more than 25 per cent of homes is a flat.
Flats are far less likely to have a private or even shared garden, with 47 per cent of flats in Leicester having no access to a garden, compared to just 2 per cent of houses.
Where there is a garden available for flats in the city, there will typically be three flats sharing it, on average.
The analysis of the ONS statistics also looks at garden availability at a neighbourhood level – areas with a population of around 7,200 people.
In particular, Castle Ward, in Leicester – which covers Clarendon Park, the city centre, Blackfriars and Southfields, 84 per cent of households do not have access to a garden.
This is due to the fact that most of the homes in the neighbourhoods are flats.
However, families living in areas that are less likely to have a private garden tend to be more likely to live close to a public park.
Parks and playing fields could be seen as especially valuable to those without access to a private garden, but some have closed temporarily during the COVID-19 pandemic with people failing to maintain social distance from one another.