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Portsmouth Gardens and Sheds Getting Smaller
The one thing which can not be increased is the amount of land in the country so the efficient use of the land is crucial whether it’s for housing, industrial use, educational or for leisure. Open spaces and gardens are key to a tranquil life where you can get away from the hustle and bustle of very day life. Most Portsmouth homes have their own garden space where they can make the most of this private space pursuing the hobby of gardening or with their feet up in their summer house or garden shed. The British are very fond of being ‘king of their castle’ and owning their little bit of ‘our green and pleasant land’ which is very different to most of our European neighbours where renting in more of the ‘norm’. However, I’m still sure that in Europe the garden plays a very big role as well as well as the hobby of gardeners and relaxing in their gardens. I don’t believe that garden sheds are as popular in Europe as this shed craze seems to be more of a British thing with the history going back at least 80 years or so.
However, with the limited amount of land available it’s inevitable that this will push the price of properties up making it hard for people to get onto the property market. I do remember when my wife and myself bought our property in 1977 and having to make the decision that there would be no holidays for at least 3 years as the payments were quite high. One of the attractions for me was a massive garden shed built across the bottom of the garden. This was not a mass produced shed but one the previous owner had built him self and this stayed for many years until after I started my garden shed company.
When I was in a rented property in Portsmouth I have a master plan to grow mushrooms on one of these ‘get quick schemes’. I needed a garden shed for this where they could be grown in the dark so I did actually build myself one from old house floorboards and floor joists cut into 2×2 framing. What my neighbours thought of this monstrosity of a garden shed cum workshop – I never found out.
Over in Northern Ireland they considered introducing new planning laws to stop the building of new homes on small garden plots. This often meant that the garden was reduced in size with even garden sheds being disposed of so the home owner could make the most of their little bit of land. Their arguments were that the building of more homes had been linked with their wider strategy of flood prevention. By more gardens being lost there was less open ground left to absorb the rainfall and increasing the risk of flooding where these garden had been.
Also in Northern Ireland they were proposing to make greater use of water permeable paving slabs in built up areas to boost their flood protection. This hopefully will help where the garden space has been lost. Concerns had also been raised over the lost of open green spaces and back gardens which is, potentially, a great problem for the future.
The Northern Ireland minister, Edwin Pools stressed the importance of ensuring that new housing developments fit into the local environment and also the local character of the residential areas. He further said that the draft policies include a certain amount of flexibility which allows for greater density housing schemes where the use of imagination and innovation will play a greater part in the future. This will help to protect the existing gardens and garden buildings from being built upon.
Only recently schemes to convert industrial buildings into houses with small gardens was announced. And in Portsmouth, steps are being made to check on peoples garden sheds online to ensure that they are not being lived in. I’m a great believer that people should be able to do what they want on their own property provided they don’t annoy or affect their fellow citizens in doing so.
Resourceful Garden Sheds in Portsmouth
The humble garden shed is a very popular British obsession and the shed is used for a massive amount of different purposes. Traditionally the shed is there for the storage of garden tools, bikes, barbecues, garden furniture etc but is quite often used for a home workshop where the house holder can spend time in his shed beavering away either making things for the house or by following their hobby. Having a separate space away from the Portsmouth home allows anything you are working on to be left on the side in the shed ready for when you come back to it. You can also get a little bit of peace and quiet and some ‘me’ time which we all need in these stressful times. Many people share their sheds with others like minded people and they can bond over a model train, or some form of electronic hobbies. They can talk about the pros and cons of the various ways of looking at their hobbies. My wife has a garden potting apex shed which she uses to make greeting cards and quite often has friends down there so they can share their hobby.
Besides these sort of uses the garden shed can reign supreme as a garden office where the basic of your home business can take place. Very useful where you need a little space away from the house for your paperwork and maybe answering a phone. It does be a little more involved if you employ people as planning permission is likely to be required also you need to be aware of any Health and Safety issues because you do not want to get sued – do you?
Pauline Barnett, the pioneering fundraiser, who lived in West Bromwich actually set up one of the town’s first charity sheds in her timber garden shed over 30 years ago. She also believed that the garden shed was for more than just storing lawn mowers and other garden equipment. And over a period of 20 years she was able to raise £65,000 from her garden shed for the Williams Syndrome Foundation by selling second hand clothes from this resourceful garden building.
It was an novelty for a shed to be used like this and was called ‘The Shed Store’ – surprisingly and attracted visitors from a great distance, Mrs Barnett’s daughter, Sue, said that people used to come from miles around and, in fact, one woman used to come over from Ireland with an empty suit case just to visit The Shed Store and fill it with bargains.
If you are thinking of setting up an small business in Portsmouth then 1st Choice has a range of wooden, plastic and metal sheds to choose from. With any size shed from 6×4 up to 26×14 and which can be adapted to suit your needs you can make your shed work for you and you could become one or the 1000’s of new businesses which start life in a garden shed each year.
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