Young people spent £213 on their gardens during lockdown

Millennials typically spent £213 per person on their gardens during lockdown, the highest of any age group, LV= research has found.

The demographic was most likely to state their their garden improves their overall wellbeing (45%), compared to 39% nationwide

Making the most of the weather, one in five (20%) millennials who invested in their gardens bought or will buy a barbecue during lockdown, more than any other group.

They were also the most likely (28%) to pick up garden toys for their children, such as swings, a wendy house or paddling pool.

Heather Smith, managing director of the LV=GI direct business, said: “Despite the difficult period we’ve all been through, it’s great to see the UK finding joy in their gardens.

“However, it’s important to be conscious of the value you’re adding to your garden, as the contents are more exposed than those inside your home. ONS research shows that garden furniture is consistently the most likely thing to be taken in household theft.

“Over the last three months, though house crime has decreased in general, garden theft has become a larger portion of home insurance claims.

“If you’ve invested in your garden during lockdown, it’s worth checking whether your new purchases are included within your current insurance policy.”