The Life and Death of the Australian Backyard, by Anthony Clive Hall

The Life and Death of the Australian Backyard, by Anthony Clive Hall. Front cover.

The Life and Death of the Australian Backyard
Hall, Anthony Clive
Book – 2010 (from the YPRL)

This is a detailed study of the loss of the Australian backyard. Probably a bit too detailed for most readers you can skip over the parts of least interest.

One thing I noted was that even though the UK has a higher dwellings to hectare ratio than Australia, thanks to no front setback and a small building foot print the backyards are larger.

Perhaps it’s the way Australia should go to keep all of the benefits of having a backyard.

Backyard Benefits

The author points out that there is a lot to lose when backyards are too small or non-existent:

  • Less trees means less heat absorption
  • Children have nowhere to exercise
  • No where to relax in your own space
  • Little or no space for a vegetable or flower garden
  • Loss of biological diversity (through smaller gardens)

I think we have forgotten the benefits of a backyard over having a huge indoor living space.

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