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Taking your garden with you when you move

Grassclippings - Home Sellers Take Garden TooHousebuyers who fall in love with the garden at their new address had better beware - chances are it could be stripped bare before they move in.

And it’s not thieves to blame but the previous occupants who feel their carefully-nurtured plants are ‘part of the family’ and don’t want to leave them behind.

Researchers have found a huge increase in so-called ‘garden grabbing’ - where people load garden plants into their removal vans alongside their furniture when they move house.

Many gardeners cannot bear to be parted from their favourite specimens after decades spent carefully nurturing and seeing them grow, says retailer Homebase. 

The top five plants to be taken are Japanese maples, magnolia, roses, snowdrops and expensively sculptured bushes.

Matthew Compton, head of garden at Homebase, said: ‘Leaving a favourite plant behind is seen by some people as an act of betrayal.

‘Many plants have spent a lifetime with their owners, sharing their ups and downs across the years.’

Sentimentality is a key factor in people digging up favourite plants and taking them with them when moving.

Has anyone taken their lawn with them?

Read More on The Daily Mail

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