Is the grass always greener on the other side of your fence? Apparently so for some 14% of us, as a survey we carried out of the nation’s homeowners revealed.
With around £14 billion spent in the UK each year on sprucing up our gardens, no wonder that it’s a seriously competitive business for many.
Our analysis unearthed that 40% of us admit to having a nose-poke at our neighbours’ outdoor spaces. Though it may sound like a touch of jealousy, in reality this “garden envy” is more likely part admiration, part inspiration.
However, when it comes to those with state-of-the-art barbecues, picture-perfect summerhouses, water features, patios and the like, the green-eyed monster really does like to pay a visit – which is no surprise really!
But let’s face it, it’s how much you relish making your garden your own that matters, and most importantly of course, enjoying the time you spend in it.
So what is seen as aspirational for UK gardens? Well here’s the top 10 wishlist according to our survey:
- State-of-the-art barbecue (38 per cent)
- Summerhouse (37 per cent)
- Water feature (37 per cent)
- Patio (36 per cent)
- Decking (30 per cent)
- Solar-powered lanterns (29 per cent)
- Hammock (27 per cent)
- Organic vegetable patch (27 per cent)
- Pond (27 per cent)
- Chimenea (24 per cent)
A few other things we rooted out:
- The West Midlands city of Worcester harbours the biggest garden spenders, with an average of £1,082 going towards their outdoor makeovers
- Meanwhile the people of Brighton weren’t concerned about fences holding them back, with over half (54%) of them admitting to having a good scour of the local competition from behind them. Don’t you smile too much though Southamptonites, you followed closely behind with 52% of you saying the same thing!
- Folk of Aberystwyth, you lot on the other hand reported the highest levels of envy. An impressive 38% of you said that you felt a twinge of jealousy when spotting a glorious garden. But hey, maybe you’re just the most honest
All in all we just think that like your home, your garden is very personal to you. So whether it’s your own secret hideaway awash with climbing blooms and a secret sun spot, or a preened and polished lawn completed by a barbecue the size of your bedroom, it’s whatever makes you happy; never mind the neighbours.
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