BIRD AND BEE NUMBERS GET A BOOST AS PEOPLE PLANT 322.9 MILLION MORE IN LOCKDOWN

·      On average we’ve invested £102 each on sprucing up our outdoor spaces

·      48% revealed they think plants that benefit wildlife are a must

·      But 36% admit they’ll tend to their garden less as restrictions are lifted

While lockdown has proved a challenge for many, it’s the opposite story for birds, bees and insects – who are thriving in numbers thanks to an increase in the number of plants, trees and hedges popping up in people’s back gardens, on balconies and in window sills.

Despite being stuck indoors over the past few months, many of us have taken advantage of our increased free time – thanks to cutting out our commute and working from home – by spending an average of three extra hours a week in our gardens. In fact, 64% of us have planted more plants during lockdown than we did last year, which means that on average, the nation has planted 322.9 million more in 2020 than in 2019 as a result of the restrictions.

We’ve not been scrimping on our new green purchases either. We have invested £102 each on sprucing up our spaces during lockdown, and that includes those of us without an outdoor area, with the average person buying two new houseplants in the last three months.

All that extra greenery gracing our gardens is great news for the environment too. 48% of us believe that plants that benefit wildlife are a must, and 22% have made a special effort to plant with the environment in mind.