Looking around us and the open spaces in Epping, particularly with Epping Forest on our doorstep, it probably seems that we have more than sufficient green spaces but there is always the opportunity to provide more…
The Epping Society exists to preserve and enhance Epping and its surroundings for all our residents and in a small way we all contribute via our front gardens.
During lockdown we have all appreciated the trees and flowers around us so much more and research by the RHS shows this has a measurable impact on our wellbeing.
Their research shows – including a few plants in a bare front garden could reduce your stress levels as much as 8 weekly mindfulness sessions
So whilst we might be tempted to provide parking in our front gardens, just leaving a little patch of a flowerbed or planting a small tree make such a difference to how we feel when we step outside. It also provides a home for wildlife such as insects and birds, and slows the runoff of rain, thus reducing the risk of flooding.
Just a small area of green plants contributes to the overall value for everyone when we all are mindful of the potential of our front gardens.