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Outdoors rooms, or bridges to nature: lockdown’s changed how we use gardens | Juliet Sargeant

The pandemic has deepened our relationship with green space, be it private gardens or parks. Let’s hold on to that

Twenty years ago, I created a town garden for a busy psychiatrist. It was a small garden and I concentrated on screening her from neighbours and creating a sense of seclusion and escape. She later told me that each evening, after a day listening to patients’ problems, she opened her front door, dropped her bag and, keeping her coat on, walked straight into the back garden. There, she would inhale deeply the scents on the evening air, and her tension would drain away. This tiny, town garden had a positive impact on her wellbeing far beyond just something pretty to look at.

I have since watched people’s enjoyment of their gardens increasing, along with their discovery of the benefits of landscape. Interest in gardening has been growing gradually since the 1970s, but has really accelerated in the last 15 years. Previously, growing was mostly a hobby for older people with gardens of their own, but it is fast becoming an interest for younger urbanites, even those with little or no outside space.

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