A third of Brits plan garden upgrades in 2015:
Brits are a nation of keen gardeners and spend on average four to five hours a week in their outdoor spaces, according to the UK Landscaping & Garden Trends Report by Houzz.co.uk.
The report, which surveyed over 2,200 UK homeowners on Houzz, affirmed that gardening is very much a national hobby. The majority of the respondents (67%) agreed that tending to their plots was the number one thing they enjoyed doing in their garden, ahead of relaxing (60%) and eating (43%). As enthusiastic gardeners, those upgrading their outdoor spaces plan to plant lots of greenery, including flowers (75%), bushes (61%) and trees (36%). However, since maintenance is a key concern, 44% of upgraders with a natural lawn have decided to reduce the size of, or replace it as part of their renovations. Of those, one in ten (11%) are replacing with artificial grass and 52% are opting to pave over.
With the majority of gardens likely outsizing the average size of a UK house, Brits are making good use of their gardens. The majority of those upgrading their gardens (62%) want their garden to integrate with the rest of the home, while just under half (49%) want to create an outdoor space for entertaining. To make their gardens fit for social gatherings, UK homeowners are furnishing their spaces with products such as benches (34%), BBQs (28%), fairy lights (26%) and patio heaters (11%).
Having a stylish and beautiful garden is the most important design aspect (67%), but functionality is also a priority. Over one in 10 (12%) rate storage as a key functional aspect; tools (54%), bikes (42%) and even fridges (5%) are kept outside.
The report also revealed:
Supporting wildlife: 39% of upgraders consider features that attract certain wildlife to be one of the most important design aspects when planning an outdoor renovation. 81% are including wildlife friendly plants, bird boxes or hives as part of their upgrade.
Grow your own: over half of upgraders (51%) plan to grow edibles in their gardens, with the research suggesting that growing vegetables is becoming more of a trend; 62% of upgraders versus 45% of non-upgraders are growing leafy veg.
Flower power: when it comes to flowers, lavender (55%) is the preferred choice for those upgrading their gardens. Roses (40%) and daffodils (39%) are second most popular.
Flooding damage: over a quarter of people updating their gardens in the South West (28%) and Wales (27%) are trying to remedy problems associated with flooding and/or drainage to a greater extent than other regions.
Almost a quarter (24%) of those going ahead with an upgrade are doing so after finally finding the financial means. The majority of the respondents (61%) are setting aside a budget of less than £2,500 for their outdoor project, with over a fifth (22%) aiming to keep costs under £500.
Forty-four percent are hiring a professional to help them with their project.
Classic woven furniture for the English garden,
The Richmond Rattan Sofa Set range is modern and stylish, and is made from all weather materials.
The Richmond Garden Sofa Set can be left out all year round and requires no assembly. Available in three colours (brown, black and natural), the range matches all items across the entire outdoor rattan range for the customer to truly mix and match. Every item from the Richmond Rattan Garden Sofa range can be bought separately to enable you to create your own 'mix-and-match' set.
The set consists of: three Seat Rattan Sofa, two Chairs, Coffee Table, stone-coloured quality Scatter Cushions and removable shower-proof seat pads.
Wovenhill's all-weather rattan garden furniture can truly be left out all year round (they advise storing seat pads and cushions indoors when not in use).
Aluminium rust proof frames, UV, Fade, Chlorine and Mildew resistant.
8mm superior quality rattan weave.
3 year warranty and free 5 working day delivery.*
oughened glass topped coffee table.
Solid framed furniture - no self assembly required.
W75 x D74 x H74cm
Chair Base Cushion:
W52 x D58 x H9cm
Chair Back Cushion:
W52 x D7 x H37cm
3 Seat Rattan Sofa:
L181 x D74 x H74cm
Sofa Base Cushion:
L153 x D58 x H9cm
Sofa Back Cushion (x 3):
W52 x D7 x H37cm
Height from floor to top of seat cushion:
Floor to top of arms: 64cm
Floor to Seat Base: 34cm
Rattan Coffee Table:
W114 x D62 x H46cm
View product on company website: http://www.wovenhill.co.uk
Telephone number: 01789 741935