What has the UK been up to in their gardens during COVID-19 lockdown?

Garden Inspiration | Posted on April 30, 2020 at 4:36 pm by

One of the things that has helped many households to cope with the COVID-19 lockdown rules has been the weather, with most of the UK basking in sunshine for much of March and most of April too.

That has meant individuals, couples and families have all been able to make the most of any outside space they might have, from yards and driveways, to balconies, terraces and back gardens.

So it’s no surprise that some great British ingenuity has gone into using those outdoor areas in ways you might not normally imagine – proving just how versatile even a humble garden can be.

Breaking records, raising funds

Some of the most high-profile uses of gardens have been charity fundraisers, including of course Captain Tom Moore, who hoped to raise £1,000 by walking 100 lengths of his garden before reaching his 100th birthday at the end of April.

In fact he smashed his target in less than a day and had raised around the £30 million mark by his birthday on April 30th.

Captain Tom:

Not bad going for walking laps of a 25-metre garden, and a true testament to how the British public took the war veteran in his back garden to their hearts.

Staying social during distancing

Some Brits have adopted a very literal interpretation of the social distancing rules – after all, as long as you’re two metres from your neighbours, you’re staying within the guidelines.

To continue socialising despite social distancing, some have removed fence panels that divide their gardens, allowing them to chat while staying several metres apart.

Other families have placed their kids’ trampolines at the appropriate distance either side of the garden fence, allowing the children to keep each other company while getting their daily exercise by synchronising their bouncing.

We’re all likely to face a prolonged period of restrictions on socialising, especially in groups and in smaller spaces, but again this highlights the innovative approach Brits have taken to enjoying their gardens together while staying the correct distance apart.

Garden gigs

Finally, with more entertainment events taking place from artists’ homes, everyone from amateurs to the rich and famous have been gigging from their gardens.

Elton John’s performance on the One World: Together at Home concert is probably the most viral video to come from this trend of garden gigs, but he’s not the only one to take his music outdoors.

In March, the BBC reported the story of musician Liz Hanks from Sheffield, who had organised a series of solo performances by people in their own gardens, to be enjoyed by their neighbours who might be self-isolating or simply social distancing.

“At this time, we really just need these good things to happen in our daily lives,” she told the broadcaster, adding that she hoped more such performances might take place across the city of Sheffield and nationwide.