Britons will be spending more time working and relaxing in their garden this year, new research has revealed.
A study released by the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) claims that 2009 is likely to see an increase in the number of young people involved in gardening and related activities.
Indeed, 44 per cent of the 25 to 34-year-olds surveyed said they would be increasing the amount of time they spend working in their garden.
This age group also intends to spend more money on garden products, the research found.
Some 23 per cent of survey respondents are planning a “major garden overhaul” this year, the HTA found.
Further to this, 22 per cent of people intend to start growing their own fruit and vegetables, the survey indicates.
But it is not all work and no play. People are hoping that there will be better weather this summer and that they will be able to spend time outdoors entertaining friends and family. And they may be in luck, as early reports from the Met Office suggest that this summer will be hotter and drier than the past two summers.