In most British towns and cities independently owned and run garage petrol forecourts and service areas are becoming a thing of the past. They have either closed down because they were unable to compete with the discounted petrol stations run by large supermarket chains, or because their owners have succumbed to the inflated prices offered by land speculators for their prime locations.
Many of these sites have stood empty, abandoned and unused, sometimes for years, gradually developing into urban wildlife sanctuaries. Often guarded by security cameras and plywood or wire fences, they await patiently the inevitable arrival of the bulldozer and the developer.
These images form part of an ongoing project to record closed petrol stations throughout Britain and the United Kingdom.