UK lockdown gardening boom continues despite return to work

A lockdown gardening boom, which saw record demand for plants during the pandemic, continues despite many people being back at work. Between March 2020 and today, Tesco saw demand for bedding plants and shrubs in particular rocket by nearly 50 percent, with more than 75 million individual plants sold. 

The Horticultural Trades Association calculates that three million new gardeners emerged during the lockdown, with 2.3m continuing their new hobby this year. And the boom has also helped the supermarket’s main bedding plant supplier, Bridge Farm Group, based in Spalding, Lincolnshire, to invest further in its business.

Tesco, in partnership with Bridge Farm Group, last month announced its plans to be peat-free on all its British-grown bedding plant range from April 2023. In the last two years, the top five most popular bedding plants have been:

  • Geranium
  • Petunia
  • Fuchsia
  • Impatiens
  • Dahlia

And with Bank Holiday Monday a few days away and National Gardening Week taking place from May 2-8, both Tesco and Bridge Farm Group have been getting ready for strong demand.

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