With many of us working longer hours to make ends meet, especially with the ever increasing costs of running our vehicles it seem we no longer have time or need for our gardens. In fact, according to a new report by a leading motor insurance provider, more and more of us are concreting over gardens in order to make room for extra parking.
The main reason is that we are increasingly a nation of two or even three cars per household and often on road parking is very restricted. In addition, off road parking can reduce insurance premiums and the likelihood of theft.
Almost 90 per cent of families now own a car, with around 40 per cent owning two or more. Another 40 per cent complain of the limited opportunities for parking in their neighbourhoods, with almost a fifth paving over their gardens for car space.
The problem has now reached such proportions that town planners say that the loss of front gardens - and their absorbing soil - is a major contributor to flash-flooding.
"It doesn't seem to matter how difficult it is to park or how much it costs to keep a second car Brits still buy them," said a motor insurance spokeswoman.
"We have turned into a nation of car fanatics foregoing fun activities in order to get our next set of flashy wheels."