July 2020: The Prime Minister has encouraged us all to take a staycation this year, making the most of the UK’s home-grown tourist destinations.
Whilst many thousands have already headed off on holiday, new research has found that a large number of families in the South East are planning to take that term very literally.
Seventy-seven percent of people questioned in an Aurora survey for Forest Garden*, the UK’s largest supplier of wooden sheds and fencing, were planning on spending their holiday time enjoying a staycation in their very own homes and gardens.
The survey also found that:
· Twenty-eight per cent of people in the region had spent up to three hours more every day in the garden than at any time pre-lockdown. That equates to a potential 300 hours to date, throughout lockdown.
· Forty-six per cent felt time in their outdoor space was beneficial for mental health.
· Whilst 38 per cent used gardening to help them keep fit.
Nationally, the survey found that lockdown may prove to be the seedbed for a whole new generation of gardeners. Thirty-five per cent of 16-25-year-olds have been spending time gardening.
Guy Grainger, CEO of Forest Garden Ltd, said, “This research re-confirms what we, and dozens of other companies in the garden sector, have noted during lockdown: a massive increase in interest in outside spaces. It has felt like a gardening revolution.
“Whilst our homes are our castles, our outdoor spaces – whether tiny terraces or expansive plots – have been giving endless creative enjoyment, peace of mind, physical work-outs and a focal point for stressed-out families, not to mention a source of delicious vegetables and fruit for our dinner tables.”