Survey commissioned by The Body Shop

"Average UK Brit spent 84 minutes more monthly during lockdown on gardening"

With lockdown allowing more time to pursue hobbies. The Body Shop looked into the habits of the British in during and after lockdown to analyse what had changed and where they have spent our time and money.

by Aneela Ashraf

The survey commissioned by The Body Shop revealed the following:

  • Gardening increased as a popular pastime during lockdown with 84 more minutes spent monthly on gardening per person
  • The average UK monthly spend on gardening per person also increased averaging at +£5.69 whilst in lockdown – which based on the UK adult population would be an increase of 386 million on gardening more per month
  • 64% of the UK adult population spent some time in gardening during lockdown

With the population spending more time at home, the survey also reveals how this time has been used. Respondents shared their monthly expenditure on hobbies such as painting, playing instruments, writing and listening to music to name a few.

Results show that most spare time was spent watching TV or streaming shows and films. This was closely followed by gardening, with an 84-minute increase monthly in time spent in UK gardens. Gardening also had the largest increase in spend across all hobbies, with an average increase of £5.69 per person per month.

Other popular pastimes such as reading and playing videogames also see big increases in time spent, with reading having an average 63 minutes more time spent per month than before lockdown, and an extra 46 minutes per month on average for videogames.

On average, the UK gained 7 hours and 45 minutes extra each month to pursue personal hobbies during lockdown.

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