That’s the first question on the questionnaire, and even something as simple has caused some people to ask for clarification about what is meant by ‘use’.
So maybe it should read How do you use the garden now?
For some residents the answer will be quite simply that they don’t.
Others keep their bikes and cars there. Some residents like to sunbathe, have barbecues, read. A few of us like to grow things, to plant seeds, to water them and watch them germinate.
We hang our washing on the lines, admire the cherry blossom, pull weeds from the flowerbeds, study the industrial architecture of the walls, watch the birds, the insects, take photographs.
Some of us clear up rubbish, both things that have blown in from the neighbouring streets, and items wrongly placed in the garden waste and recycling bins.
We walk through it on our way to the bus stop, chat with our neighbours, enjoy the changing seasons.
So how do you use the garden now? Or don’t you? And if you don’t, what stops you from using it?