East Midlands families LOVE their gardens

Published on: Thursday, 30th 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 East Midlands are planning to take that term very literally. 

Seventy-four percent of people questioned in an Aurora survey were planning on spending their holiday time enjoying a staycation in their very own homes and gardens.

The survey also found that:

  • Nearly half (49 per cent) of respondents felt time in their outdoor space was beneficial for mental health.
  • Whilst 43 per cent gardened for fitness.
  • A quarter (27 per cent) of people in the region questioned had spent at least an hour more PER DAY in the garden than at any time pre-lockdown.

Nationally, the survey found that, during lockdown a quarter of men have been spending up to three hours more per day in their gardens than they normally would.  That equates to a potential 300 hours, to date, throughout lockdown.

Plus, 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.

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