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Biggest Garden Capitals in the UK

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For many UK residents, the need for garden space is high on a list of must-haves for a new home. Whether it’s to entertain guests, grow a dream flower garden or provide space for outdoor exercise, it proves to be important in a variety of ways. 

However, large garden space isn’t always complimentary to homes, giving consumers the chance to test their landscaping skills to create a stunning outside area. 

To help provide information to those who are interested in moving home, we’ve created an index which analyses 50 towns and cities which offer the highest average square meter of garden space per home in the UK. 

In addition, we’ve also looked at the average house price and number of current listings should you be considering relocating.

 

The Top 25 UK towns and cities offering the most garden space 

RankCity/TownAverage Garden Size (m2)Average House Price (£)Number of Properties for Sale
1Poole490£345,602794
2Dundee249£179,27897
3Cambridge235£433,929542
4Slough229£370,613986
5Bournemouth215£337,0421,071
6Swansea203£185,780333
7Derby200£217,446867
8Milton Keynes190£296,9891,101
9Telford185£194,146437
10Reading180£406,4981,102
11Gloucester177£250,600524
12Wolverhampton174£223,106609
13Southend-on-Sea166£309,564308
14Blackpool160£135,871874
15Ipswich160£262,199562
16Warrington153£233,925466
17Southampton152£302,7121,245
18York151£322,895908
19Aberdeen141£207,742576
20Birmingham138£210,5333,448
21Peterborough134£211,556820
22Sheffield133£207,1451,215
23Huddersfield131£187,508613
24Oxford130£491,796858
25Sunderland121£147,919635

Our study found that the Southern town of Poole offers the highest square meter of garden area per house at 490 square metres. With house prices averaging £345,000, Poole sits in the middle range of typical prices across the UK. 

Ranking second in the findings was Dundee. At 249 square metres of garden space, it’s nearly half of what Poole offers – but this also comes with a benefit. House prices are 50% cheaper in the city, averaging £179,000. With just 97 properties currently listed for sale, it proves to be a popular destination for homebuyers. 

A noticeable town in the top 25 is that of Blackpool. Offering a respectable average 160 square metres of garden space, house prices are significantly cheaper than counterparts, giving residents the chance to move for less while increasing garden space.

 

The 25 UK towns and cities offering the least garden space 

RankCity/TownAverage Garden Size (m2)Average House Price (£)Number of Properties for Sale
1Brighton23£388,739933
2London35£678,27346,723
3Leicester41£248,1961,634
4Norwich47£263,394928
5Bradford50£142,097979
6Leeds56£227,4271,143
7Plymouth57£215,561774
8Portsmouth62£252,635785
9Bristol64£335,8641,954
10Middlesbrough64£157,105650
11Nottingham67£218,8422,016
12Glasgow71£209,7531,391
13Kingston upon Hull74£272,427537
14Luton77£272,953780
15Bolton82£178,632812
16Manchester88£200,4713,510
17Newcastle upon Tyne88£206,5821,569
18Cardiff93£265,7021,316
19Liverpool98£185,2323,172
20Edinburgh100£318,5951,192
21Northampton110£265,351863
22Birkenhead112£121,886180
23Swindon112£251,275786
24Coventry113£216,3041,124
25Stoke-on-Trent116£157,118566

Offering an average of just 23 square metres of garden per house, Brighton ranks lowest in our study. The seaside city has property prices averaging £388,000 – some of the highest across the UK. 

As the UK’s capital city, it may come to no surprise that London is ranked within the top 3 worst locations for garden space, with just 35 square metres. Known for its attractions, tourism and breathtaking city views, London’s average house price is £678,000.

Data & sources 

Data collected May 2021. Full research available on request.

https://www.ons.gov.uk/

https://www.zoopla.co.uk/

https://www.rightmove.co.uk/

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