Nearly one in four (23%) of the 2,205 people surveyed complained of a green-fingered neighbour whose garden always upstages the rest of the street, with over one in ten (13%) claiming it’s their own garden that’s the talk of the town.
People admitted to gardening because they’re worried about what their neighbours might think of unkempt lawns, with more than a third (37%) of those surveyed stating they pulled weeds and potted plants in fear of others thinking their garden looks a mess. A further 40% admit that they keep their garden pruned out of sheer pride. 3% of those surveyed admitted they spent time and money in their garden just to win competitions.
The research found that the average UK homeowner spends £350 a year on flowers and ornaments for their garden. When asked what would be at the top of their gardens wishlist, nearly a third (30%) would opt for the perfect lawn, with 20% plumping for a water feature.
But are we keeping our gardens safe?
Reassuringly, 86% of us have a fence at the very least to protect these cherished gardens, but only 57% have installed lighting as a precaution and just over half (58%) have locked gates. Further still, one in three of those surveyed were unsure if they were covered against garden damage and theft in their home insurance policy – leaving thousands of pounds worth of hard work vulnerable across the UK, should burglars come calling.
Tips to keep your garden safe:
- Make sure you protect your garden with security measures e.g. outdoor lighting or a locked fence
- If you have a shed or outbuilding, make sure your home insurance policy includes outbuilding protection, and check exactly what this includes
- Make sure valuable items such as BBQs or sports equipment are shielded from view, under a cover or stored in a shed or garage
- If you’re taking gadgets outside such as tablets or smartphones, ensure that they’re covered in your home insurance policy in case they’re lost or damaged
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