When we launched our Gardening Your Way survey, we wanted to find out more about what makes homeowners tick when it comes to their outdoor space.
With almost 60% of over-55s spending up to four hours a week tending to their pride and joy, we know how important it is to have your outdoor space looking the best it can, whatever the weather.
But our study revealed that the hard work that goes into dedicated garden upkeep – as well as the time spent choosing the best features to have installed – can bring plenty of benefits to you and your family.
According to the results of our survey, 51% of over-55s feel happier in their day-to-day lives when spending time in the garden. Whether it’s getting stuck into the weeding or relaxing on the patio with a good book, the garden is generally seen as a place of great relaxation and happiness. 45% of all respondents agree with this statement – a sure sign that it’s important to make sure your garden is the best that it can be.
The garden takes on an even more important role in the lives of our happy homeowners, with 60% saying that having a garden promotes a greater sense of wellbeing. It seems that as we get older we take more pride in the place we love – only 37% of 16-24 year-olds feel that strongly about their gardens, increasing slightly to 39% for the 25-34 age group.
When it comes to gardening, 43% of over-55s feel a greater sense of wellbeing while getting their hands mucky outside – by far the largest score of any age group. As we grow to appreciate our homes and gardens more, people begin to recognise the huge importance of having a garden.
Home grown delights
One of the trends we spotted in the survey is the rising popularity of growing your own fruit and vegetables.
growing your own fruit and vegetables. The UK average of gardeners that produce their own produce – and enjoy its rich bounties for themselves – is 35%. The average for green-fingered respondents over 55 in particular is 39.2% – raising the bar for those who like to enjoy the fruits of their labour at the dinner table.
The garden of your dreams
When we asked our respondents to visualise their perfect garden, the results were a very interesting mix. Among the most requested items in the public’s dream garden were hammocks, hot tubs and treehouses – clearly our garden-lovers are adventurous types when it comes to the latter!
But topping the bill, we saw that outdoor furniture was a vital source of garden enjoyment, with 65% of over-55s making it a must-have. Along with this, 57% requested a garden path and just over half saw a water feature as the perfect accompaniment to spending time outdoors.
This survey has revealed so much about our favourite place to be, and reading this will hopefully give you some inspiration when it comes to making your garden an even more pleasant space.