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Gardening in the city

Gardens and ‘green spaces’ – no matter how small – play a vital role in our daily lives: from cleaning the air (by absorbing heavy pollutants and providing a home for various forms of wildlife), to simply bringing us in touch with the seasons of the natural world. Green spaces are perhaps amongst the most cherished features of the city.

Chestertons is truly excited to be working with internationally acclaimed landscape designer, Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medallist and RHS Flower Show judge Paul Hervey Brookes.

Paul will be working with Chestertons to help find easy ways to improve the quality of private green spaces in London; and has developed a series of helpful design tips and combinations of plants, which will help you make the most of your green spaces through flower, foliage, fruit and bark.

Each month we will be providing helpful tips and tricks to make the most of outdoor spaces as well as covering the selection of and caring for houseplants.

If you would like to receive information regarding market reports, our events as well as advice on how to make the best of your space please click here.


January Feature: How to create an oasis regardless of the size of outdoor space

The importance of being outdoors regardless of the size of the space has long been recognised, especially during the past 10 months. The outdoors is said to not only help improve our physical and mental health but also to help to connect us to our surroundings. London is made up of almost 40% public parks and beautiful gardens helping to make the capital one of the greenest cities in the world. Whilst the majority of us may not be professional gardeners, it is still possible to create a beautiful outdoor space regardless of size. Read the below attachment ‘Feature 3 – How to create an oasis’ to discover how to create your over piece of paradise. For helpful tips and tricks on what gardening tasks to tackle this month, click here.

December Feature: House Plants

Even if you do not have a garden or balcony, it is still possible to grow a huge variety of plants indoors, which not only add to your home’s sense of sanctuary, but also help purify the air. The beauty of houseplants is that they come in nearly every conceivable shape and size, from palm and figs to bushy ferns, trailing plants, orchids, cactus and even plants that do not even need soil; it really is a world of endless possibilities. The poinsettia is the classic Christmas houseplant due to its beautiful red leaves, which last well into the New Year. Water poinsettias sparingly when the surface of the compost has begun to dry out as overwatering can damage the plant. Read the below attachment ‘Feature 2 – House Plants’ to discover which houseplants are the best. For helpful tips and tricks on what gardening tasks to tackle this month, click here.

November Feature: Air Quality

The air we breathe is one of the single most important elements in maintaining our health. The World Health Organisation says that by reducing air pollution we can reduce the chances of strokes, heart disease, lung cancer, and both chronic and acute respiratory diseases, including asthma. However, with only the smallest balcony or window box, everyone can play a part in improving the overall air quality, as well as the quality of the air in the immediate vicinity of our homes. Read the below attachment ‘Feature 1 – Air Quality’ to discover which trees and shrubs can help improve air quality. For helpful tips and tricks on what gardening tasks to tackle this month, click here.