Revealed: Where in Southwark you are least likely to have a garden

Josh Salisbury (18 May, 2020)

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29913The bandstand in Southwark Park - residents in areas without a garden are more likely to live within a five minute walk of a park (Image: TfL)

Less than a third of residents have their own garden in some Southwark areas, according to new data.

The figures, from the Office for National Statistics, reveal that two thirds of people living in Southwark homes have their own private garden overall.

This is lower than both of our neighbouring boroughs, Lambeth and Lewisham.

And while some Southwark postcodes are nearly guaranteed to come with a private garden attached to the property, for others this is a luxury.

The data splits the borough into 34 areas, called ‘MSOAs’.

It reveals that residents living in areas surrounding Borough and Southwark Street, and North Bermondsey respectively, are the least likely to have their own private green space, at just 29 per cent of residents.

Private gardens are classed as those which a house may have singular access to, or communal gardens shared between a block of flats.

But nearly everybody living in Herne Hill and Dulwich Park, and East Dulwich, have their own garden, with 95 per cent of residents enjoying the space.

Gardens are also smaller in the capital than anywhere else in the country, with residents having access to 80% of the space that others in the country enjoy on average.

However, Londoners are more likely to live within a short walk to a public park than anywhere else in the country.

According to the ONS, nearly 60% of us live within a five minute walk to a public garden, playing field or park.

You can find out how many of your neighbours don’t have access to any outside green space at their property by entering your postcode on this interactive graphic.

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