ONS: One in eight homes have no garden, ethnic minorities and manual workers have least outdoor space

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Black people are almost four times less likely than white people to have access to gardens, patios or balconies during the lockdown, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Access to outdoor space, which studies have shown can benefit mental health, has become even more crucial during lockdown, as people have been forced to remain at home.

The ONS figures show that one in eight homes have no garden, and that there are large regional and demographic differences across Britain when it comes to accessing outdoor space.

Around 37 per cent of black people have no access to outdoor space at home, compared to just 10 per cent of white people.

People in “semi-skilled” and “unskilled” manual occupations, casual workers and those who are unemployed were almost three times as likely to have no garden compared to those in managerial, administrative, or professional jobs.

Londoners also lose out: more than a fifth (21 per cent) of homes in the capital have no access to a private or shared garden.

The gardens that do exist in London are also the smallest in the country, at 197 square metres on average, compared to 332 square metres across Britain as a whole.

However, those in the capital are most likely to have a park nearby, with 44 per cent of Londoners living within a five-minute walk of a park, compared to 28 per cent of people across Britain

Michael Goodier is a data journalist at New Statesman media group

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