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Throughout the country, front gardens are being ripped up to make way for cars. We are turning from a nation of gardeners into a nation of garagistes

By Ken Worpole   April 2005

Spring, with its crocuses, daffodils and cherry blossom, no longer comes to every street in suburban Britain. Visiting a relative in Hainault, east London, recently, I was dismayed to find that what for many years had been a pretty garden suburb had been turned into streets of anonymous boarding houses with parking forecourts. Many front gardens had been paved over to form car-ports, where the latest car registration plates were the focus of display. What future for Britain in bloom, now that Acacia Avenue has turned into Daewoo Drive?

While London’s domestic gardens take up only a fifth of the…

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