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Seven in 10 homeowners plan to renovate their outdoor space

by LLP Staff Reporter
1st Sep 20 2:07 pm

The UK is experiencing a garden-renovation boom post-lockdown, with seven in 10 homeowners (68%) vowing to imminently (in the next three months) alter any outdoor space they have to include more greenery, according to a new study by national construction supplier Burton Roofing.

Despite the cost of materials (68%) cited as the main consideration of any outdoor project, six in 10 homeowners (61%) revealed they would actually be happy to stretch their budget a little further and pay more for tools and materials if they were more eco-friendly. Three in 10 homeowners (29%) will also consider the long-term environmental impact of their work before commencing with their garden improvement project.

The study of 2,500 homeowners follows chancellor Rishi Sunak’s announcement of a £3bn green investment package, that included plans to decarbonise public buildings and cut emissions from Britain’s poorly insulated homes.

The research suggests that 25 to 34-year olds are particularly concerned with the environmental impact of any outdoor home improvements they make, with two fifths (40%) suggesting they would look into the sustainability of their materials, compared to only 16% of 45-54 year olds.

Men (35%) are also more likely to consider the environmental impact than women (24%), when planning a renovation project.

Bristolians are leading the charge when paying that little bit more for eco-friendly materials, with 80% willing to pay more for sustainable options. Glaswegians (71%) and Londoners (69%) are also keen, whilst the people of Southampton (35%) were the least willing to spend any extra for something eco-friendly.

% of homeowners who will pay extra for eco-friendly materials and tools

  • Bristol: 80%
  • Glasgow: 71%
  • London: 69%
  • Birmingham: 67%
  • Leeds: 59%
  • Manchester: 59%
  • Liverpool: 55%
  • Norwich: 54%
  • Sheffield: 53%
  • Nottingham: 53%
  • Newcastle: 50%
  • Cardiff: 48%
  • Edinburgh: 45%
  • Southampton: 35%

Homeowners from London (44%) are the most likely to consider the long-term environmental impact of their outdoor home project, with Bristol (40%) and Sheffield (34%) residents also deeming this important. Edinburgh residents (5%) were recorded as being the least likely to consider this.

But how do you really ‘go green’ in your garden?

Gena Lorainne, a gardening and landscaping expert, recommends five things that homeowners should consider buying/installing when creating an eco-friendly garden or outdoor space:

  1. A composting bin
  2. A rainwater harvesting tank
  3. Bird nest boxes
  4. Sustainable furniture
  5. A bee hotel

Paul Hattee, Managing Director at Burton Roofing said, “It is fantastic to see so many UK homeowners putting their mind towards an outdoor constructive project during what is a difficult time for everyone. Green spaces are vital for our mental and physical well-being, so it is natural that many want to make their outdoor spaces greener.”

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