For six weeks, those with gardens have enjoyed a comparative luxury during the Covid-19 lockdown compared to those without.

People across the UK were only allowed to go outside for essential visits to shops and for one form of exercise per day until the coronavirus lockdown rules were softened last Wednesday, May 13.

We can now sit outside in parks and other public spaces, as long as we keep two metres apart from those who are not members of our household.

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The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has for the first time released a map showing which areas have the most and least gardens per household and how big the average garden size is.

This shows in which parts of Reading people have been most impacted the most by the lack of gardens during the lockdown.

You can view the map here and find out how many houses have a private or shared gardens in your postcode.

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Areas with least gardens (private or shared garden per household)

  1. Reading Central (41 per cent without garden) – Unsurprisingly, the town centre has the least gardens per home, with more flats than anywhere else in the town.
  2. Coley Park (28 per cent) – Residents in Coley Park fair a lot better but close to a third are without gardens.
  3. Leighton Park (22 per cent) – This area includes Northcourt Avenue, Cressingham Road and parts of Shinfield Road and Pepper Lane.
  4. Southampton Street and Redlands Road (14 per cent) – This area includes a lot of student accommodation
  5. Palmer Park (14 per cent) – This area includes Palmer Park and New Town, which means residents without gardens at least have plenty of green outdoor space close by.

Areas with most gardens (private or shared garden per household)

  1. Caversham Heights (2 per cent without garden) – No surprise that the richest part of Reading has the highest proportion of homes with gardens.
  2. Caversham Emmer Green (2 per cent) – Most residents have gardens in this quiet, leafy area in the north of Reading
  3. Tilehurst South (2 per cent) – This area includes Reading’s very own Mayfair
  4. Tilehurst North (4 per cent) – Not quite as many gardens per home as its southern neighbours but still a huge number have a private or shared garden
  5. Caversham Balmore Park/Whitley Wood (Both 5 per cent) – These two areas come in joint fifth

Smallest average garden size

  1. Palmer Park (56m²) – One of Reading’s
  2. Battle & Caversham Bridge (60m²)
  3. Reading Central (66m²)
  4. Southampton Street and Redlands Road (71m²)
  5. Wokingham Road (94m²)

Biggest average garden size

  1. Caversham Heights (403m²)
  2. Caversham Balmore Park (254m²)
  3. Caversham Emmer Green (248m²)
  4. Leighton Park (243m²)
  5. Tilehurst North (242m²)