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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 £7.5billion on garden goods and £2.4billion on the services of gardeners and landscapers in 2017. 

The economic impact of ornamental horticulture in the UK report, 2018. 

The average UK household spends around £150 on their garden each year. 

TGI survey, Kantar Media 

A. The average UK garden is 14 metres squared (e.g. 14m x 14m or 196m2)

For 25-44 year olds it is 12 metres squared

For consumers aged 45+ it is 15 metres squared

*average does not include window boxes/balconies

Ipsos Mori for HTA, 2018

A. There are an estimated 1,800 garden centres and retail nurseries, 

HTA, 2018

A. 75% of British adults have access to a private garden 

 YouGov for HTA (2021)

51% of British adults say they get a good deal of pleasure from their gardens

TGI survey, Kantar Media (2020)

42% of British adults say they tend to do gardening in their spare time

88% of British adults agree having access to a garden or public green spaces is important to them

YouGov for HTA (2020)

A. 35% of British adults say they use their garden or outdoor space (e.g. balcony/window box) to grow their own herbs, fruit and vegetables. 

YouGov for HTA (2021)

A. 87% of British adults believe gardens and green spaces benefit their state of mind

84% of British adults believe gardens and green spaces benefit their physical health 

94% of British adults believe gardens and green spaces benefit the environment

94% of British adults believe gardens and green spaces make an area a pleasant place to live

93% of British adults believe gardens and green spaces help to support wildlife

YouGov for HTA (2020)


Feed/ watch or encourage the presence of wildlife 49%
Entertain family or friends (e.g. garden parties, barbecues etc.) 42%
A space for children to play 23%
Grow own food (e.g. fruits, herbs, vegetables etc.) 35%
Grow plants, trees or flowers 62%
To get exercise 15%
As a place to relax 70%
Space for pets 31%

YouGov for HTA (2021)

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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