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Garden Industry Statistics

Fun facts & figures

  • Over two-thirds of British adults visit a garden centre every year
  • The combined area of the UK's domestic gardens is roughly the same as the whole of Somerset!
  • You can burn off 87 Mars bars a year by doing some light gardening for one hour per week (e.g. raking, weeding)!

Frequently Asked Questions

A. Ornamental horticulture and landscaping in the UK made an estimated £28.2billion contribution to national GDP in 2019. 

Around 674,200 jobs across the country are supported by ornamental horticulture and landscaping.

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A. UK households collectively spent around £8 billion on retail garden products in 2023

HTA , 2023

A. The average UK garden is 16 metres squared (e.g. 16m x 16m or 256m2)

*This average takes into account front, back and side gardens, and does not include window boxes/balconies

HTA, 2023

A. There are an estimated 1400 garden centres and retail nurseries in the UK

HTA, 2023

A. 78% of British adults have access to a private garden. That's approximately 43 million people in the UK. 

And, 62% of those with a private garden use them to grow plants, trees and flowers.

 That's approximately 26 million people!

(HTA, 2023)


A. 34% of British adults say they use their garden or outdoor space (e.g. balcony/window box) to grow their own herbs, fruit and vegetables. 

HTA, 2023

A. 84% of British adults believe gardens and green spaces benefit their state of mind

79% of British adults believe gardens and green spaces benefit their physical health 

91% of British adults believe gardens and green spaces benefit the environment

92% of British adults believe gardens and green spaces make an area a pleasant place to live

91% of British adults believe gardens and green spaces help to support wildlife

HTA, 2023


Feed/ watch or encourage the presence of wildlife 51%
Grow own food (e.g. fruits, herbs, vegetables etc.) 34%
Grow plants, trees or flowers 62%
To get exercise 8%
As a place to relax 72%

HTA (2023)

A. Over 1.5 million children in 90% of the UK's primary schools are involved in some form of school gardening

3/4 of UK primary schools offer school gardening as an extra-curricular activity; whilst for 34% it's in the curriculum

But, primary schools typically have just 33p to spend on gardening supplies per pupil

C3 Education for HTA (2018) 

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