2015年4月10日星期五

More than half of Britons admit to spying on their neighbours' gardens 



  • New outdoor furniture, water features and ornaments are points of jealousy

  • Families spend around £1,200 on their gardens every year, survey found




If you can’t resist peeping over the fence at their lawn or checking out their flowerbeds from an upstairs window, you are not alone.


More than half of Britons admit to spying on their neighbours’ gardens.


And it is not just gardening skills that are being compared, with new outdoor furniture, water features and ornaments leaving nosy neighbours green with envy.


The poll of 1,000 Asda customers from around the UK revealed that 51 per cent regularly take a peek at their neighbour’s garden.



More than half of Britons admit to spying on their neighbours’ gardens, with new outdoor furniture, water features and ornaments leaving nosy neighbours green with envy (stock image above)


More than half of Britons admit to spying on their neighbours’ gardens, with new outdoor furniture, water features and ornaments leaving nosy neighbours green with envy (stock image above)



And almost a third said they have been so impressed by what they’ve seen that they’ve improved their own garden, to keep up with the Joneses.


Some are so determined to be the best that they resort to dirty tricks, with 24 per cent saying they deliberately give neighbours bad gardening advice.


Others encourage their dog or cat to go into next door’s garden and 7 per cent admit to getting rid of slugs by throwing them over the shared fence.


Some 93 per cent of those surveyed said they had an outdoor space of some kind and two-thirds of these said it was as important as their living room.


This could explain the hefty £1,200 spent on the average garden each year – and why some Britons plough more money into looking after their garden than the inside of their house.


Pensioners were found to be keenest gardeners, with 85 per cent finding some time each day to prune, mow or simply potter.



Others encourage their dog or cat to go into next door’s garden (stock image above) and 7 per cent admit to getting rid of slugs by throwing them over the shared fence


Others encourage their dog or cat to go into next door’s garden (stock image above) and 7 per cent admit to getting rid of slugs by throwing them over the shared fence



In contrast, just 5 per cent of 16 to 29 year olds get their hands dirty every day.


There is also a regional divide, with the Welsh enjoying gardening the most, while the Scots are most likely to see it as a chore.


Countrywide, 19 per cent say they find gardening boring.


Dave Bartle, of the George Home range at Asda, said: ‘It’s great to see a bit of “friendly” competition across the nation and even younger generations getting their hands dirty.’











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