Green Fingered Brits Turn to Recession Beating Garden Produce

Published on 1 January 1970 by Raffick Marday

Brits are growing their own food in order to save money on the weekly food shop.

New research has found that a growing number of people have turned their hand to gardening to provide cheaper, sustainable and organic alternatives to supermarket bought produce.

Recently the average family food shop has risen by £260 a year, causing people to seek cheap alternatives elsewhere.

New research from HSBC found that 33% of the British population are turning to their gardens to keep food stock up

One in three people now have fruit trees or bushes in their garden and over a quarter of people have a vegetable patch. A further 3% even keep livestock in their gardens such as chickens in order to lay their own eggs.

The trend seems to be most popular with people aged between 55 and 64 years old. 40% of this age group said they used their garden to grow their own produce, compared to just 16% of people aged under 25. Interestingly though, it’s those aged between 35 and 44 who are most likely to keep livestock.

People in South Wales are most likely to head to the garden for tasty treats as the region has the largest proportion of people with fruit trees, bushes, vegetable patches and herb gardens.

"With the rising cost of living, many families are seeing their disposable income being squeezed and are seeking alternative means of saving money,” said Bruno Genovese, Head of Savings at HSBC.

“There is a modern focus on organic food, which coupled with the climate of austerity means that growing your own has become increasingly popular.

It is no surprise then that items associated with self sufficiency such as fruit trees and vegetable patches also rate highly on the list of features Britons want in their ideal garden," continued Genovese.

In addition to growing your own food, a prepaid credit card can also be a good way to get you out with the weekly shop.

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