Young People and Gardening

New research suggests that young people are putting down their smartphones and computer game controllers and picking up a trowel or a spade.

The survey, conducted by furniture company Alfresia, found that on average, 25-35 year olds are spending 12 to 15 hours in their garden each month, with the average couple spending £518 on their garden over the course of the summer – a large rise from last year when £273 was the norm.

23% of adults said that they found time outside in the garden more fulfilling than spending time in front of the television.

Alfresia have attributed the rise in gardening activity amongst young people to the popularity of gardening television shows such as the BBC’s The Big Allotment Challenge – dubbed the horticultural equivalent of The Great British Bake Off –  and ITV’s Love Your Garden.