Gardening Tops Poll of UK’s Favourite Outdoor Activities

A new survey has found that gardening tops the list of your favourite outdoor pursuits, despite the rate at which green space is shrinking.

First Utility, the UK’s largest independent energy company, surveyed more than 2000 Brits and asked them what they put their energy into. Gardening, watching TV, baking, cooking and shopping came out on top, with gardening swooping nearly 38% of the vote.

Three things we learnt about Britain’s growing habit:

1.  Gardening is a hobby that grows with age

Nearly 50% of people aged 55 or over listed gardening as their favourite past time, while just 16.4% of 16-24 years olds like to get green fingered.

2.  Both men and women love gardening (almost) equally

The survey results indicate that 38% of men and 37% of women are passionate about gardening.

3.  City gardens are bigger than you might think

Surprisingly, concrete jungles are the top locations for gardening, with 50% of surveyed Belfast residents naming gardening as their number one outdoor pursuit. Sheffield residents followed closely behind with 49%, while London and Birmingham came out somewhere in the middle.

Meanwhile, leafy suburbs and coastal towns are the least enthusiastic about gardening, with Bristol, Brighton and Liverpool coming bottom of the list.


Find out more about the survey by visiting the First Utility blog and reading up on Britain’s Lesser Known Passions and How Reality TV inspired the Nation.

About First Utility

First Utility is the UK’s fastest growing and largest independent energy supplier. It supplies gas and electricity to more than 780,000 customers throughout the UK and is committed to helping them reduce their energy bills by offering cheaper gas and electricity tariffs, helping customers use less energy through the use of innovative technology and campaigning for industry change. First Utility also donates 1% of its profits each year to the First Utility Foundation, an independent charitable organisation with a goal to improve the lives of vulnerable families and individuals across the UK



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