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Frances Tophill why we love our gardens in lockdown

30th April 2021
Posted by Aston Avery

Over 26 million Britons grew their own fruit, veg and herbs in the last year, including 7 million who used the lockdowns to grow their own food for the first time.

New research from organic health and beauty brand Weleda shows over a third (37%) intend to continue gardening post pandemic and the trend looks set to bloom as twice as many 18–34-year-olds (40%) grew for the first time compared with the over 55s (19%).

With the nation on lockdown, a third (34%) say they picked up their trowels to improve their mental wellbeing while almost two thirds (62%) say connecting with nature has had a positive impact on their mood.

Aston spoke to TV presenter Frances Tophill and Claire Hattersley, head gardener at Weleda Garden to discuss the research in further detail.

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