Housing Styles in Australia and the UK Compared

First, houses in the UK

Today we are going to be looking at houses, lots of them. Look, here’s one already…

My Old HouseThat used to be my house, it’s where I lived when I was a young child, from around 2 to 14. There were about 100 or so houses in my street, and they pretty much all looked exactly the same. One or two houses in the street were slightly different, but for the most part, the same design of house was repeated throughout.

Houses in this street are called semidetached, that’s two houses joined together and then there is a gap before the next two houses.

This is a different street in the same town…

UK Housing (1)Again, all the houses are pretty much the same, maybe the first house on the left has a slightly different design. These are called terraced houses, that is to say they are all joined together. So in this picture, there are 10 different houses.

Now let’s take a look at some houses in the north of England…

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UK Housing (4)These are, for the most part, tiny terraced houses, there are probably nine houses in that first picture, but it’s difficult to know for sure. Some houses in the UK can be incredibly small at just about 4 metres wide. I actually lived in a one-bedroom terraced cottage once and it was probably less than 3 metres wide.

Now houses in Australia

A few years ago I was speaking to Brian, an estate agent I’ve known since I arrived here in Australia. He’s the guy we bought our house from. He moved here from Newmarket, England about 30 odd years ago. He told me how difficult it was at times to price up houses here in Australia because, as he said, “no two houses are the same, it’s not like England“.

I was very much reminded of that fact when regular reader Warwick sent me some photographs he’d taken of housing in Sandgate, a suburb north of Brisbane and on the coast. Sandgate is a suburb I like very much, I wrote about it in a post called A Visit to Sandgate and the Einbunpin Festival.

No need for a running commentary on these houses, the pictures speak for themselves. Sandgate has a bit of history though, the suburb was established in 1853, so many of these houses could well be very old. Just not this first one…

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By contrast, these next two suburbs, Moggill and Bellbowrie in western Brisbane, have much newer housing. Development here didn’t really get under way until the late 70s and the area has been rapidly expanding ever since.

Let’s take a look at some of the houses here…

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Western Suburbs Housing (13)All houses, again, are detached and have plenty of room around them. Not everywhere in Australia enjoys this much space, these suburbs are in what is called ‘lower density residential areas”. Go closer to the city centres and you will find yourself in either medium or high density residential areas. These properties are built on smaller blocks of land.

Overall though, Australian housing is quite large and last time I looked, Australian houses were the biggest in the world!

Australia does have some flats, apartments and ‘units’ (terraced properties), but the vast majority of our housing is detached. According to the latest available figures (2012) from the ABS, 74% of housing in our capital cities was detached or ‘separate’ as they called it.

That figure rose to 81% outside of our major cities.

Conclusion

I’m not saying that all the streets in the UK consist of rows of houses that look exactly the same as the house next to it, but I think it’s fair to say the majority of their streets are like that.

I’m also not saying that every house in Australia is unique or different, or that every street consists of vastly different styles of housing, but I do think that for the majority of the time, that is the case.

And I’m not suggesting that the houses I’ve shown you here either in the UK or from these Brisbane suburbs are typical or representative of all housing in each of our countries, but they are quite commonplace.

What I am saying though is that my estate agents “no two houses are the same” comment certainly fits Australia much better than it does the UK.

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  • robert August 15, 2016, 7:47 pm | Link

    Hey bob!

    Im an australian. I personally LOVE the attached housing and wish australia actually had taste when they started building here.

    One thing you forgot to mention though is: Beauty of architecture.

    Most australian houses and buildings are hideously ugly. Im not exaggerating. Even america is far far better than oz in this regard. Oz has 95% revolting soulless modern architecture. It makes me want to move to england this second (one day). Whereas pretty much most houses/buildings in england are exquisite. Even in so called ugly places like some in the north and Birmingham — look exquisite compared to the houses/buildings here in oz. Its like everyone is blind and uncultured here.

    I was wondering if you could provide some info for me, if its not too much trouble, as i study architecture 1st year, and im working on a project involving social aspects involving architecture. You havent covered this particular topic that i could find anywhere on your website.

    -How old is the average english home? Eg: 0-50yrs, 50-100yrs, 100-200yrs, 200-300, 500+ etc.
    -What is the new to old ratio of buildings and houses in england?
    -How commonplace are those village cottages that look like theyre out of a fairytale?
    -Do the english travel much into the old medieval village areas?
    -What percentage of houses/buildings are made of that beautiful stone?
    -Why do the english build modern homes so beautifully in a traditional style, whereas australians build oranged brick housing-commission-style sh!tholes or mcmansion type cement rendered pale blue monstrosities?
    -Why didnt australia build houses just like they do in england? Why werent more traditional english houses/buildings created since 1788 when they first arrived? They could still be detached with space, but actually look amazing/antique/cultured like they are in england.
    -Does the average english person appreciate how lucky they are to live in the most beautiful country in the world? How do the english feel about their buildings and homes?
    -Why on earth would anyone prefer australia to england, in terms of beauty of housing?
    -Have you seen a town or suburb in oz that looks fairly similar to one in england in regards to the houses and buildings?
    -How could one trade having a 500+ year old castle(s) in their town, for the boring dime a dozen beach? This is mindblowing to me. Id trade every beach in oz to live amongst castles!

    Please let me know what you think, I can reference your website as a source for my project 🙂 Thanks so much, bob. Hope to hear back from you soon.

    • BobinOz August 17, 2016, 2:15 pm | Link

      Ha ha, no, I’m not going to answer all your questions, you can do your own project 🙂

      By the way, you have a very strange view of architecture, there are some fantastic buildings here in Australia if you just look. It’s fine that you prefer the smaller terraced housing of the UK, but don’t expect everybody to agree with you.

      It may interest you to know that most people who do live in the UK, if they had the choice, would live in a detached house. Nobody really enjoys hearing the next door neighbours have an argument at teatime.

      If you want to check out some UK style terraced housing in Australia, go to Hobart.

      Cheers, Bob

      • robert August 17, 2016, 7:04 pm | Link

        Thanks bob for your reply.
        I know, i feel silly for asking that many questions, but part of the project was to gain insight from people from the UK, so that part i cant really answer myself. Thanks anyway 🙂

        • BobinOz August 18, 2016, 7:30 pm | Link

          Well I hope your project goes well, but I can’t help thinking you are being a little over romantic about the UK housing. Most people in the UK can only dream of living in a four bedroom detached house with plenty of land around it, like so many Australians do.

          Instead, they live in modern and ugly boxes that are separated only by very thin walls from more other ugly boxes. There’s a picture of a house I used to live in on the following post…

          http://www.bobinoz.com/blog/17264/uk-and-australia-the-house-price-debate/

          Have a good read of that post, it will tell you quite a bit about UK housing.

          The older houses that you seem to like so much that do have a lot of character and charm are in the minority. I prefer the housing in Australia all day long, and if you knew what a Barrett Home was, so would you.

          Good luck with your project, Bob

          • robert August 19, 2016, 4:41 pm | Link

            Hello again Bob,
            Thanks for the insight, im really appreciative. Perhaps youre right about me being too against Australian architecture and romanticising UK architecture. Alot of what ive seen about England has been from google images/street view as well as british tv (we have alot of british tv here in oz, have you noticed? – its a good thing!). So i guess my ideas are a bit distorted/idealised. Having never lived in my beloved England, ill take your word for it 🙂

            Thanks for the link, ill have a read later this arvo (still at work currently). Ive been having a look around your site, and love your years in Australia videos! Youve got a natural talent for putting together this sort of media, and a sense of humour too. Not many websites out there quite like this one, im glad i came across it!
            You know what i just realised? Youre no longer “Bob in Oz” but “Bob from Oz!” 🙂

            Thanks again,
            robert

            • BobinOz August 19, 2016, 6:51 pm | Link

              Thanks Robert, really pleased to hear that you like my website and those year videos. I have a lot of fun putting them together. As you say, I am now “Bob from Oz”, and by the sounds of things I reckon one day you will be “Robert in UK”, even if only for a holiday.

              The country is well worth a visit and yes, there are some spectacular old buildings with lots of history, for example the three story townhouses in Bath. They are solidly built, really good houses with lots of character, but they are also hugely expensive.

              But there are some rubbishy housing estates as well, and there’s far more of those.

              Cheers, Bob

              • Greg August 21, 2016, 9:55 pm | Link

                Robert – if you want to see cottages, terraces, victorian buildings etc. Go to Port Melbourne, Garden City or the south of Victoria. There are endless estates of english cottages and victorian terraces in Port Melbourne, the entire suburb is endless rows of the exact same house, semi-detached and completely attached victorian terraces, the whole town is filled with victorian buildings too like churches and schools, every shop. Here, new buildings are the minority. The area is heritage listed.
                also theres greek, italian, english, french architecture along the white sand beaches!
                Lots of greenery, flowers and roses. Looks like a mix of london and the english countryside mixed together. Even the weather is cold and the skys are grey (but also bright and sunny too).
                You should check it out!

                Heres an example:
                https://s14.postimg.org/dce52e681/image.jpg

                Cheers, Greg

                • Greg August 21, 2016, 9:58 pm | Link

                  Robert, i forgot to say. Garden City in Port Melbourne,near fishermans bend, looks identical to where i grew up in northern england.

  • SwC-UK June 3, 2015, 8:57 pm | Link

    Interesting discussion here, especially as I’m now full steam ahead at looking at houses in Brisbane. I’ll be there in August, and driving around the suburbs as part of that process.

    I would agree that Australian houses seem to be larger, for the money, than what we get in the UK. I love the Brisbane houses built on hilly areas, where there are different levels.

    We’re in a strange situation as we have a very nice, secluded detatched house in the South East of England. Two things that put me off Australian houses a bit, is that a lot of the houses that I see in Bris are on 400m2 of land and even in the photos uploaded by the estate agents you can sometimes see straight out of a window on the side of the house and into the neighbouring house. I’d need a good secluded plot, which seems to cost more (like in Fig Tree Pocket or Chapel Hill).

    However, the biggest issue to me is build quality. I have to agree with Jim above on that. And it’s not only the flimsy walls (that are absolute rubbish for insulation), but those awful windows and the roofs that let out heat in Winter or cook the house in Summer. In a hot country, like those of the mediterranean, you need thick walls insulated windows and shutters – which is what they do there. When I’m in Queensland in Winter I find it’s quite uncomfortable in the mornings as it’s cool and there is no insulation or heating. Here in my house in the UK it’s toasty warm in Winter, even with -3C outside, and cool in Summer. My heating and electricity bills are £75/month with a good German weather compensating boiler and fulll insulation throughout. I feel that Australia needs to get into proper insulation and double glazing. I’m now at the point where I’m thinking of building in Brisbane so that I can make sure the house is built properly!

    Sorry Bob, I know it’s a bit contentious.

    • BobinOz June 4, 2015, 8:30 pm | Link

      Like yourself, I lived in a four bed detached house in the South of England and when I sold it back in 2007, my new house here in Australia cost two thirds of the amount I sold my old England house for.

      My Australian house, which is in western suburbs here in Brisbane, was on a plot of land with over 3000 m². Never mind looking over the neighbours, it’s a fair old walk for me to get to their front doors 🙂

      As you can see from my answer to Jim, I don’t really subscribe to his description of our houses here, he made them sound like we live in shanty towns with dwellings made out of congregated iron propped up against a bit of 4 x 2. And as for double glazing in Brisbane, what are you thinking?

      We have about one winter’s day a year! Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but it’s a bit nippy for about five or six weeks a year, double glazing is not required.

      What you will need though are security grills over your windows so that you can leave them open all the time, day and night, whether you’re in or out. That’s where I’d spend my money, not on double glazing.

      Further south, and in Tasmania, yes, maybe double glazing would be a good idea. Not in Queensland though.

      What will you want next? A conservatory 🙂

      • Kamma June 5, 2015, 7:41 pm | Link

        Hi Bob, just wanted to point out that insulation also does a good job keeping the heat OUT and the cool IN, so you can have your air conditioning running less or the windows open just at night and keep your house cool.

        Cheers.

        • SwC-UK June 5, 2015, 11:43 pm | Link

          Yes, that’s where I was coming from – hence to comment about mediterranean houses having thick walls and small windows with shutters. It’s to keep the house cool. They open the windows at night and close up during the day.

          One thing I always did like about Aus, although it’s not what it was, is the use of ceiling fans over aircon. Compared to america, I always felt that Australia had a better approach, but not relying on aircon.

          • BobinOz June 7, 2015, 9:15 pm | Link

            Yes, I know that insulation works both ways, but I still don’t think double glazing is a good idea in Australia, certainly not in Brisbane or further north.

            I’m not a big fan of air conditioning, but I am a fan of fans. Every window in my house is open all the time, day and night, for around 10 months of the year. They have grills and mesh on them to stop the insects and the crooks. I get a lovely breeze in my house and when it’s not enough, I put on those fans.

            Much better than air-conditioning which leads to a bit of a sterile atmosphere in my view.

            I can’t see how double glazing can fit with the style of housing we have here, small windows might suit the small houses in the Mediterranean, but small windows would not work with the big houses we have here.

            Most houses here are also designed specifically to place the bedrooms and the living areas so that the bedrooms aren’t too hot at night and the living areas are not too hot during the day.

            All that said, I know I am quite lucky with my house, it’s up on a bit of a hill, gets a good breeze, and it has twin brick walls which are good for insulation. I’ve been in to quite a few smaller houses closer to the city, certainly around Kenmore and Chapel Hill, and some of them can be unbearably hot and dark during the day.

            That’s why I think bigger windows on bigger houses work much better here. My house cost much less than those houses in Kenmore or Chapel Hill as well, the price I pay is being 12 minutes further away from the city by car. But I don’t work in a city, so I’m happy to pay it.

  • djmcbell October 8, 2014, 7:00 pm | Link

    I must say I’ve been eyeing enviously the growing (yet still small) trend in shipping container homes, in that they can be deceptively big and quite cheap, and still pretty on the outside (with the correct cladding). Just need a bit of land and you can more or less piece together a decent home.

    • BobinOz October 9, 2014, 12:35 am | Link

      Yes, some of them are quite weird and wonderful aren’t they? If you set up loads of them in a big square, you can end up living is some kind of fortress with a fantastic courtyard right in the centre 🙂

      • Hilary October 9, 2014, 7:48 am | Link

        Yes, I’ve been thinking how clever they are. Love the way it’s a kind of recycling too. Do you think they’d get very hot inside though seeing as how they’re made of metal? Or maybe they insulate them to protect from the heat? Was thinking it might be the sort of thing I could afford on a tight budget but guess would have to be when the novelty had worn off and prices come down. Reckon they’re probably fairly expensive at the moment as so trendy. Might have to be a shed instead!

        • BobinOz October 9, 2014, 5:08 pm | Link

          I have never been inside one Hilary so I don’t know what they are really like. I have put it on my list of things to do though, I just need to find somewhere where they are on display, I would like to have a nose around. Hopefully I’ll do a post about it, but I’m sure the designers have thought of a way of keeping the temperature down in these things.

          Now a shed, that would probably get quite hot 🙂

          • djmcbell October 9, 2014, 5:15 pm | Link

            I don’t believe they’re too expensive – I think the price for a container is £1500 (I think that’s for one of the big, 40-foot ones) though obviously this would then need modifications.

            I’d love to get a bit of land somewhere (close to the sea) and build one. Just two floors, with some sort of garden/patio area on top of the ground floor. There are some pretty cool (and some cheap) designs if you go to Google Images and search for “shipping container homes”.

  • Tom August 25, 2014, 8:58 pm | Link

    Excellent comparison between styles. I may be partial, but I think I prefer Aussie style homes!

    • BobinOz August 25, 2014, 10:06 pm | Link

      I think it would be hard for anyone not to prefer the Aussie style. I must have lived in 10 different houses during my time in the UK, nothing was better than my current Australian home.

  • Mandy August 15, 2014, 7:30 pm | Link

    So everyone is moving to Oz hey. Well I will just stay here shall I? Keep an eye on things 🙁
    No, we are also hoping to move out in the next 3-4 years, my partner is a fireman who is currently contemplating leaving the (to put it nicely incase of offending anyone’s eyes) rubbish fire service and begin work offshore as fire safety. He is also a gas heating engineer (not that this will be of any use in Australia I don’t expect).
    Houses we would rent to get a feel for which ones would be suitable.

    I plan on winning the lotto and building my own, It shall be spider proof!

    • BobinOz August 17, 2014, 9:31 pm | Link

      I hope your plan to win the lotto comes off, I can’t wait to see that spider proof house 🙂

      • Mandy August 18, 2014, 6:57 am | Link

        Oh Nob, fear not, you’ll be invited to the unveiling

      • Mandy August 18, 2014, 6:59 am | Link

        Oops sorry Bob!!! Good job there wasn’t a ‘K’ in front of that, it may have caused offense!!

        • BobinOz August 18, 2014, 9:23 pm | Link

          I’ve been called worse without taking offence, so no worries. Looking forward to seeing the revolutionary new house. I may even sneak in one or two Huntsman spiders for a laugh 🙂

          • Mandy August 19, 2014, 5:55 pm | Link

            HA! I will have my butler search you

          • SortingHat August 16, 2015, 7:35 pm | Link

            I’ll be sure to send two certain Weasleys to prank exploding spiders on your first day in!

  • Mel August 15, 2014, 6:06 pm | Link

    My Australian boyfriend and I live in the UK (I’m English). He finds it really funny that so many of our houses are ‘joined to another house’, and when we recently bought our first home together he refused to look at terraces or even semi-detached.
    My dream has always been to have a lovely big English country house one day, but it’s looking like we will be moving to Australia in the next 5 years so I’ve been looking at property over there. I have to say I have discovered a new idea of a ‘dream home’ – an Australian one! They have so many advantages over the average British home. Firstly they are pretty huge by comparison, have a lot more land and usually completely detached. I also love that they all seem to have a proper laundry room – my other half thinks it’s weird that we have the washing machine in the kitchen in the UK. Plus, I just love the verandahs and deck areas, especially if you’re lucky enough to get a house with a view…..

    • BobinOz August 15, 2014, 7:01 pm | Link

      Yes, given a straight choice between an English home and an Australian home, I’m picking Oz. I live in a four-bedroom detached here, double garage, huge gardens all around it, can hardly hear my neighbours ever. I couldn’t possibly have afforded a house like that in the UK, here it’s just kind of average.

      You will love Australia Mel, and not just for the houses 🙂

      Cheers, Bob

  • Mandy August 13, 2014, 8:44 pm | Link

    djmcbell
    You’re right enough there!

    Bob, spiders don’t get into new houses….they don’t….Take it back!
    You can’t beat a good northern pint

  • jim August 13, 2014, 12:10 pm | Link

    Bob,

    What you haven’t mentioned is building quality.

    Each house contains the same amount of material, but the difference is in Australia they spread that out to make larger rooms, and all the walls are single skin (or stud interior walls) and they are freezing cold in winter/boiling hot in summer, and crack like nobody’s business! They don’t seem to have grasped insulation as a factor in lowering running costs! We’re in the process of buying here and 25 year old houses with huge cracks are just accepted as normal! They blame the clay soils and temperature! We have the same situation in the UK, clay soils and 45 degree temperature variations between hottest summer and coldest winter, and they don’t fall apart! My 120 year old house didn’t have cracks!

    I have yet to see an Australian house that would qualify in the UK/EU as anything more than an outbuilding! And I’ve bought one of them! 🙂

    • BobinOz August 13, 2014, 8:38 pm | Link

      With respect Jim, what a load of old tosh! “Each house contains the same amount of material, but the difference is in Australia they spread that how to make larger rooms… ” – where did you unearth that interesting fact?

      Yes, you made it up 🙂

      I hope you don’t mind me messing with you like this, but I’ve heard this kind of talk before, “they don’t build like they do back in England” kind of thing. Yes, houses are built differently here, I don’t know what you bought, but my house certainly has double skin walls no different than I saw in hundreds of homes back in England.

      As for the suggestion that no Australian house that you’ve seen would qualify for anything more than an outbuilding in the UK/EU, that’s more tosh 🙂 Or you haven’t seen many houses, but you’ve see lots of outbuildings.

      Granted, you won’t see many houses built to the same quality as say those townhouses you might get in a city like Bath, but then Australia doesn’t do townhouses. Australia doesn’t need to, Australian houses can spread out more. And I’ve not yet seen a house here “fall apart”.

      So there you go, now I have mentioned building quality 🙂

      Cheers, Bob

      • Jim August 15, 2014, 9:34 am | Link

        Bob,

        Of course it’s made up! 🙂

        No, seriously, after doing a lot of building surveying and having now looked at several styles (and speaking to almost every agent in my are while house hunting!) You’re very lucky to get a double skinned house. In most agent’s words here ‘we don’t do them as it doens’t get cold enough and they crack because of the clay soils etc..” (i.e they don’t have any on their books so they have to sell you what they have).

        The ‘brick veneer’ seems to be the most popular style in Sydney’s suburbs, which is a single skin of brick on a timber frame with a plasterboard (called Gyprock here for some reason, probably because it’s made from gypsum plaster) lining, which is why even the outside walls sounded like studs when tapped!

        yes a bit tongue in cheek but I would stand by the assertion that I’d not seen cracks caused in Australian homes by the lack of expansion joints to anywhere like to the same extent in the UK. This may be because of poorer initial quality or a variety of other reasons, but it seems more prevalent here in building standards than older properties. (Also bear in mind that with a budget of only 600k I’m looking at the lower end of the market, the $1m+ homes may be completely different!). 2 Houses we look at in the 500k price range had failed roofs and 1 had a crack in the joists big enough to fit your hand into! (I agree not all properties, but these houses were only 20-30 years old!)

        I wish that there were more double skinned homes in the area I’m looking at, you’d have thought you wouldn’t need them in tropical Brissy! 🙂 I do like the thermal and noise insulating qualities they give!

        Also, certainly here, even out towards the west of Sydney, townhouses and smaller plots are becoming far more common, which defeats the object of moving to such a wonderful open country! 🙂 Give me older properties on wider blocks any day!

        • BobinOz August 15, 2014, 6:44 pm | Link

          Sounds like you need to move to Brisbane Jim, better weather, nicer houses and lots of space all around you. Oh, and cheaper houses. I highly recommend it 🙂

          Cheers, Bob

          • jim August 17, 2014, 10:10 pm | Link

            I’d have loved it, but it’s a bit too warm for the family, and the commute to work would’ve been a killer! 🙂

            • BobinOz August 18, 2014, 1:01 am | Link

              Ah, yeah, 10 hours each way 🙂 Not much fun.

      • SortingHat August 16, 2015, 7:32 pm | Link

        Either he is a paid troll or is a bot just arguing which those things are very real indeed. He is like one of those dudes on posts about snow days that brag “Why where I live when it snows XX amount we have polar bears pull our sleds to school ! Uphill both ways on wooden shoes!

        Same face different name.

  • Mandy August 12, 2014, 10:34 pm | Link

    Wow, Australia just looks so much more appealing. I live in the north and I had to laugh when you compared the southern houses to the northern ones. It’s just completely true. All the money is pumped into the south and we still live in the scratty old terraces like on coronation street!
    I just love the look of oz, I WILL be there one day I WILL!!
    I would have to live in a relatively new build though, keep them dastardly spiders out…EEK!!

    • djmcbell August 13, 2014, 4:59 pm | Link

      The terraces on Coronation Street aren’t even amongst the worst – in fact, in a lot of places they’d be considered half-decent.

      • BobinOz August 13, 2014, 7:28 pm | Link

        I could do with a proper English pint in the Rovers Return 🙂

        Mandy, hate to break it to you, but spiders get into new houses as well, hehe.

  • djmcbell August 11, 2014, 11:15 pm | Link

    Here in the UK I’m living in a through-terrace (that is, a terraced house as shown above with both a front and back garden) which has three bedrooms, kitchen, lounge/dining room, bathroom and toilet. It’s not bad – there’s plenty of storage space, a deceptively large amount hiding in the multitude of cupboards.

    My parents in Australia live in a large house on it’s own land with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, two living areas and a partridge in a pear tree. My sisters both live in recent builds, one of them in the middle of the countryside.

    I do like the look of various Australian houses but one thing becomes apparent when having a quick look round on Google Streetview (a voyeur’s dream) – a lack of trees. They really do add to a place, especially if there is plenty of space.

    • BobinOz August 12, 2014, 5:46 pm | Link

      We have trees around Brisbane, that’s for sure. Our streets are often lined with jacarandas, they look beautiful when they bloom. The council is very precious about them as well, if you need to chop one down to put a driveway in, for example, you will pay a tree tax so they can plant another one somewhere to replace it.

      Well, that’s what they say they do with the money 🙂

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