REVEALED: Top 10 ‘Gardener-Friendly’ Major Cities Analysis for UK Renters

  • Wolverhampton topped the list, performing well across all areas, particularly for number of local garden centres and fields/open spaces in relation to size of their population.
  • Along with Wolverhampton, Newport and Manchester made up the top 3 ‘gardener-friendly’ major cities in the UK for renters, with Derby and Coventry close behind.

Wolverhampton is officially the most gardener-friendly city in the UK for those wishing to rent, new research has revealed.

The study, conducted by UK-based insurance broker Towergate Insurance, analysed 25 major UK cities against 4 various criteria points to determine the most garden and ‘green fingered-friendly’ locations for renters and their shovels.

The factors included analysis of rental properties with gardens, balcony’s or terraces, the numbers of local allotments, garden centres and parks or fields per 100,000 people in the populations.

Fields and parks protected by Fields in Trust, a charity that protects parks and green spaces, were included as a ranking factor for those who don’t have gardens or access to allotments.

Overall, the top ten most ‘gardener friendly’ cities:

Wolverhampton performed well across all 4 categories, laying claim to the top spot in the UK overall. The midlands city performed especially well for the number of garden centres and fields or parks per 100,000 people, with 29 and 28 respectively.

Newport and Manchester made up the rest of the top 3 ‘gardener friendly’ major cities in the UK for renters, coming in second and third place respectively in the overall index ranking. Derby and Coventry followed close behind, ranking at fourth and fifth respectively, while Liverpool, Swansea and Glasgow made up the bottom three.

Winners per category:

Top 3 cities for percentage of rentals with a garden, terrace or balcony:

  1. London
  2. Nottingham
  3. Stoke-on-Trent

Top 3 cities for number of allotments per 100,000:

  1. Newport
  2. Sunderland
  3. Leeds

Top 3 cities for number of garden centres per 100,000:

  1. Wolverhampton
  2. Manchester
  3. Southampton

Top 3 cities for percentage of fields/parks per 100,000:

  1. Wolverhampton
  2. Newport
  3. Derby

When broken down into winners per category, the research revealed that London performs best on the percentage of rental properties on the market with a garden, balcony or terrace, with 67% of listings including one of these.

They were closely followed by Nottingham and Stoke-on-Trent with 63% and 59% respectively, meanwhile, Preston came bottom of that ranking with just 21% of their listed homes offering that outdoor open space.

London did however come last in both garden centres and fields/parks criterion when compared to the population size, with just 1.9 garden centres and 2.5 fields per 100,000 people.

Newport performed well across all categories but came out on top in terms of allotments per 100,000 people at 32 allotments, but Northern Irish capital Belfast came bottom with only 2.

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Alison Wild, SME Marketing Business Partner at Towergate Insurance, commented on the findings:
“Our research shows how Wolverhampton ticks a number of boxes when it comes to offering green space and gardening opportunities for those green-fingered residents, being crowned the most ‘
gardener friendly’ city for renters in the UK.”

“With lockdown and quarantine having impacted everyone’s lives, it’s important to remember how helpful being outside and with nature is to our mental health and wellbeing, and this research demonstrated the opportunities many have across the country to do this. Having more time to spend in our homes may even encourage more people to take up gardening and embrace the green life.”

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