With a growing need for housing, and a greater number of apartment buildings being constructed in the UK, it’s little surprise that the amount of outdoor space we enjoy in our homes is shrinking.

Construction Global revealed that between 1983 and 2013, UK gardens shrank from an average of 168 square metres to 163.2 square metres. What’s more, two million homes in the country don’t have gardens at all and that figure is expected to rise to ten per cent of properties by 2020.

Even if you have a small garden, there are still plenty of things you can do with it and ways to enjoy being outdoors.

One trend that has been gaining traction around the world is so-called keyhole gardening. This was originally developed in Africa as a way to grow plants in arid, dry climates where the soil fertility is low.

The News-Gazette explained that the technique involves creating a raised bed where active composting is utilised to replenish and build new soil.

In practical terms, this means that you have a central compost basket in the middle of a circular bed. All the gardener has to do is continue to deposit compost and water into this central basket, and because it is elevated above the level of the bed it allows the water and nutrients from the compost to get into the soil.

You don’t need a lot of space to have one of these in your garden and they could be a great choice if you only have a patio or decking in your yard.

If you want some help setting up a keyhole garden, or just with your outdoor space generally, contact us about garden design in Flintshire and we’ll help you make the most of your garden.