Young People Turn To Gardening

With National Allotments Week (10th-16th August) just around the corner, garden equipment retailer Lawnmowers Direct has revealed the findings of its gardening survey, which polled over 1000 Brits to find out what gets them gardening.

Under-35s made up a significant number of the participants, 46.7%. The most popular reasons for gardening within this age group were relaxation, maintenance, and growing their own produce.

“It’s great to see more and more young people getting into gardening,” said Mark Bartram, Managing Director of Lawnmowers Direct. “Young people are becoming more environmentally and economically conscious, and are often voicing their opinions about food production, so it’s hardly a surprise there are young adults who aim for self-sufficiency.”

Other Findings

  • 18.2% of participants were under 25, and 28.5% were 25-35 (46.7% were under 35)
  • 53.3% of under 35s said their main reason for gardening was relaxation or satisfaction
  • 19.6% of under 35s said their main reason for gardening was maintenance
  • 16.1% of under 35s said their main reason for gardening was growing their own produce

Mary Lou Harris, (FdSc, Dip ION, ITEC), Senior Nutritional Therapist and Well Being Coach at was not surprised by these results. “ It is uplifting and enlightening to see the younger generation really understanding that quality “Grow Your Own” produce is far more beneficial to your health. By eating home grown produce everyone reduces the health burdens of GM foods and pesticides to their health. Both have been proven to damage our health in some very serious ways, including cancer, poor gut health and overall inflammation.”

Mary Lou goes on to say “the added benefits of relaxation and being out in the outdoors is another bonus. Mindfulness, stress depletion, increased Vitamin D exposure from being in the outdoors will all help to reduce the dreaded stress in today’s world.”