Young Uk Homeowners Become Green Fingered….

July 23rd 2014
By: Melanie

A recent survey has revealed that homeowners in the UK are spending more money on their gardens than ever before.

The research published by Lloyds Bank Insurance Britain reveals that homeowners aged between 25-34 spend on average £647 annually on their gardens, almost double the average spend of £366.

29% of those surveyed said that this increase in expenditure was due to their love of gardening, 19% cited the reason for entertaining guests, where as 14% stated that they have spent the money as they see it as improving their investment.

The survey also revealed that 19% of these young gardeners also own a green house, with 29% investing in planting trees, plants and flowers.

Gardening programmes and the growing trend to grow your own has had an impact on the amount of people wanting to invest in their gardens too, 34% of homeowners stated that they are using their outside space more and 33% are spending more money on their gardens than they did five years ago.

This growing trend to spend more money on the garden also includes a significant rise in the purchasing of outdoor furniture, barbecues, bicycles and trampolines.

‘We've witnessed a real return to homeliness, with everything from gardening, baking and cookery, to knitting and crafts coming back in style. It's interesting that this trend is growing against the rise of technology and in a post recessionary climate. There is a sense of holding on to traditional pastimes in an increasingly fast paced, modern society,’ said Frances Tophill, horticulturalist and presenter of ITV's Love Your Garden.

‘With the current waiting list to snag an allotment longer than that of any new restaurant, there is no doubt that gardening is growing in popularity among a younger generation and people are enjoying spending more time outside,’ added Tophill.

If you would like some help and advice on how you can add value to your outside space then why not pop into your local branch of Intercounty for a chat and a coffee or call us on 0844 8111090

Source: Property Wire