Mindfulness and wellbeing lead millennials into the garden

Person reading in the garden with a dog

Gardening is becoming quite the pursuit for millennials, thanks to its boost to our wellbeing, mindfulness and social lives.

According to a survey, one-third of people aged between 16 and 30 are getting into gardening, and 25 per cent agree that it provides a greater sense of wellbeing. Some 35 per cent say they simply feel better in themselves by having a garden and 15 per cent would prefer to be in the garden than out partying.

It could be that our gardens have become the party: the research, carried out by landscaping specialist Marshalls, found that they are increasingly seen as an extension of our homes and a social space to hang out with friends and family.

People living in Brighton are most likely to see their garden as a place to socialise (36 per cent agrees), while just twelve per cent of north-east residents would hang out there – suggesting British weather plays a role.

However, we also see our gardens as a place to escape.

"Gardens have always been a place where we go to get away from it all and it seems younger people are learning from their elders when it comes to the strong link between gardening and wellbeing," says Sophie Rowe, PR Executive from Marshalls.

"There is certainly a trend towards mindfulness. You see people using colouring books on the bus and train and more people taking digital detoxes where they switch off from social media, so it's easy to see why the garden is attractive to those who want to de-stress and get away from their screens."

The research also found that the majority of Brits prefer a low-maintenance garden, but that 28 per cent of millennials grow their own fruit and vegetables.

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