This page sets out all the research undertaken by the Ealing Front Garden Project over the last 15 years. We will be adding to this as we collate and undertake more research. Please do share with us any relevant pointers or articles, by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Latest Research on Crossovers 2017
What happens to front gardens when pavement crossovers are approved?
The short answer is – nearly all of them get paved over!
Crossovers - The Domino Effect
Installing pavement crossovers (kerb drops) so that people can park in their front gardens reduces the amount of on-road parking available. The less on-road parking there is, the more people apply for crossovers to park in their front gardens, setting up a Domino effect.
Why Are Front Gardens Being Paved Over?
Why are people hard surfacing their front gardens? There are three main reasons: 1. Parking 2. Ease of care and/or neat looks 3. Because government policies encourage it.
Original Research from 2005
In 2005 over 60 volunteers, many motivated by concern about front gardens disappearing, surveyed 7,675 front gardens of private dwellings in a random sample of 167 (10%) of roads in the London Borough of Ealing.
Key Statistics from Hard Surfacing Survey 2005
There are an estimated 74,300 front gardens in the borough of Ealing. They make up over 5.5% of the total geographical area of the borough.
Our 2005 Hard Surfacing Research in Pictures
Here are photos from the 2005 survey illustrating the extent of front garden hard surfacing in the borough of Ealing.