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Are you considering adding a greenhouse to your garden? Greenhouses are a fantastic investment for passionate gardeners, as they provide a controlled environment for growing plants all year round. However, before buying one, you should consider several essential factors. In this article, we'll discuss some of the key questions and considerations people often have when thinking about purchasing a greenhouse. So, if you're a keen gardener, sit back and let us guide you through the process.
Do you need planning permission for a greenhouse?
One of the first questions that may come to mind is whether you need planning permission for a greenhouse. In most cases, you don't need planning permission for a greenhouse as long as it meets certain criteria. In the UK, structures considered "permitted development" don't require planning permission.
Here are several important points to consider:
- Size matters: The size of your greenhouse can significantly affect whether you need planning permission. A smaller structure is less likely to require it.
- Positioning: Be mindful of where you place your greenhouse. Ensure it is not closer to a road or a public footpath than your home.
- Listed buildings and conservation areas: If your property is a listed building or in a conservation area, you might need permission. It's best to check with your local planning authority in such cases.
- Temporary or permanent: Temporary greenhouses, such as pop-up or portable designs, usually don't need planning permission. However, permanent structures might.
- Greenhouse regulations: Ensure your greenhouse complies with building regulations for safety, ventilation and materials.
It's always a good idea to check with your local planning department to confirm whether your intended greenhouse falls within permitted development rights or if you need to apply for planning permission.
How do I ensure a greenhouse fits in my garden?
Choosing the right size and location for your greenhouse is crucial. Here are some considerations to ensure your greenhouse fits seamlessly in your garden:
- Measure carefully: Measure the available space in your garden before purchasing a greenhouse. Ensure there's enough room not just for the greenhouse itself but also for easy access and maintenance.
- Sunlight and shade: Select a location that receives adequate sunlight. Greenhouses should ideally be positioned with the long side facing south to maximise sun exposure.
- Access and pathways: Ensure there is a clear pathway to your greenhouse, and consider the ease of access for watering, planting and harvesting.
- Aesthetics: Think about the visual impact of your greenhouse in your garden. It should blend harmoniously with your landscape and not obstruct views or dominate the space.
- Wind protection: If your garden is prone to strong winds, consider windbreaks or positioning the greenhouse in a sheltered area.
- Local climate: Take your local climate into account. A greenhouse can extend your growing season, but it should be suited to your area's weather conditions.
What do I need to do before my greenhouse arrives?
Preparing for your greenhouse's arrival is essential in ensuring a smooth installation and a thriving garden. Here are some tasks to tackle in advance:
- Clear the area: Remove any obstructions, plants, or debris from the chosen site to create a clean foundation for your greenhouse. This will make installation much easier.
- Foundation and flooring: Decide on the type of foundation or flooring you want for your greenhouse. Options include concrete, gravel, or even just soil. Ensure it is level and ready for assembly.
- Utilities: Consider the proximity to water and electricity sources. If you plan to run electricity to your greenhouse for heating or lighting make arrangements for this.
- Shelving and storage: Think about how you will organise the interior of your greenhouse. Shelving and storage options can help keep your plants and gardening tools neat and tidy.
- Planting beds: Plan the layout of your planting beds and think about the types of plants you want to grow. Greenhouses offer a controlled environment so you can experiment with a wide variety of plants.
- Ventilation and heating: If you intend to use your greenhouse year-round, consider ventilation and heating options. Automatic vent openers and heaters can help regulate the temperature.
- Maintenance: Be prepared for regular maintenance. Greenhouses require cleaning, pest control and checking for signs of wear and tear.
Selecting the right greenhouse
Now that you've considered the practical aspects of owning a greenhouse, it's time to select the right greenhouse for your needs. Greenhouses come in various shapes, sizes and materials, so make sure to choose one that suits your gardening goals and preferences.
Check out our Greenhouse Buyers Guide for all the information you need.
A greenhouse can be a game-changer for your gardening endeavours, extending your growing season and allowing you to experiment with a wide range of plants. To ensure a successful greenhouse purchase, make sure you're aware of planning permission requirements, carefully plan the location and size, and prepare your garden for the arrival of your new structure. With the correct preparation and selection, you'll soon enjoy the benefits of a flourishing greenhouse garden in the UK. Happy gardening!