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8 in 10 Welsh families plan staycation in their own homes and gardens


More than 8 in 10 families across Wales are planning a staycation in their own homes and gardens.

It comes as tourism chiefs in Wales are encouraging people to take a staycation this year, making the most of the country’s home-grown tourist destinations.

Whilst many thousands have already headed off on holiday, new research has found that a large number of families in Wales are planning to take that term very literally. 

Eighty-two percent of people questioned in an Aurora survey for Forest Garden*, the UK’s largest manufacturer of wooden garden products, were planning on spending their holiday time enjoying a staycation in their very own homes and gardens.

The survey also found that:

  • Over a quarter (28 per cent) of people in Wales had spent up to three hours more PER DAY in the garden than at any time pre-lockdown.  That equates to a potential 300 extra hours throughout lockdown.
  • Forty percent felt time in their outdoor space was beneficial for mental health.
  • Whilst 38 per cent gardened for fitness.

Nationally, the survey found that lockdown may prove to be the seedbed for a whole new generation of gardeners. Thirty-five per cent of 16-25-year-olds have been spending time gardening.

Guy Grainger, CEO of Forest Garden Ltd, said, “This research re-confirms what we, and dozens of other companies in the garden sector, have noted during lockdown: a massive increase in interest in outside spaces. It has felt like a gardening revolution.

“Whilst our homes are our castles, our outdoor spaces – whether tiny terraces or expansive plots – have been giving endless creative enjoyment, peace of mind, physical work-outs and a focal point for stressed-out families, not to mention a source of delicious vegetables and fruit for our dinner tables.”

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