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14 Sep 2020

Dream garden

Onduline Building Products Ltd Hall: Hall 06-19 Stand: 6Q23
Dream garden
The nations dream garden
The ‘garden-goals’ design comes after a study of 2,000 adults found the ideal outdoor space is 88ft long and south facing.

This inspiring image represents the nation’s dream garden - featuring a summer house, swimming pool and vegetable patch.

The ‘garden-goals’ design comes after a study of 2,000 adults found the ideal outdoor space is 88ft long and south facing.

Half of respondents opted for a flat rather than tiered landscape and 32 per cent chose stone flooring, with 30 per cent preferring wood-look decking.

Other back yard must-haves include a built-in barbeque, a shed and a fire pit. When it comes to the grass, 72 per cent favour the real thing while only 14 per cent would like to have astro-turf.

The research and image were commissioned by Onduline and found that overall, the average adult’s dream garden would appear colourful (48 per cent), inviting (45 per cent) and tidy (41 per cent).

Paul Duffy, Onduline’s spokesman said: “The research proves how important gardens are to residents of the UK and how we all aspire to have a ‘dream garden.’ This has definitely become more apparent during recent months, with increased time spent at home as we have all been day dreaming about what our perfect home and garden would look like.

“What was particularly interesting from the research was seeing how much time people spend in their gardens and outdoor buildings and therefore want it to be the perfect space whether for entertaining, working-out or relaxing.”

The research also found a third would border their dream garden with a fence, while 32 per cent prefer hedging.

More than half would also like a big enough space to house animals, including chickens (57 per cent), ducks (32 per cent) and goats (17 per cent). 

From wannabe farmers to active sports players, a tenth would also include a tennis court in their dream garden and another 10 per cent would like an outdoor gym.

It also emerged that on average, those polled think their perfect garden will cost £5,043.

A fifth would put environmentally friendly products above the expenditure when planning their dream garden and 28 per cent feel it’s important to use sustainable materials outside.

More than half would get professionals in to create their inspirational garden, while a brave 30 per cent would see it as a DIY project.

The study, carried out via OnePoll, also found that despite 31 per cent being happy with their garden currently, only 17 per cent feel they have their ‘dream’ garden.  

And a sixth are unimpressed with their outdoor space while a tenth even went as far as to say they were embarrassed by it.

At present during the typical week, garden-owners spend seven hours out there, along with three hours in their outdoor buildings – 13 per cent have a summer house and 55 per cent own a garage currently.

More than a quarter use their outdoor buildings for relaxing, 15 per cent have them as their work space and 17 per cent enjoy hobbies in them.

Similarly, almost two thirds use their garden as a place to relax, while a fifth regularly dine outside and 17 per cent use the space to play with their children.

Onduline’s spokesman added: “Outdoor buildings have always been a key feature of any garden, whether it is a shed or greenhouse, but this survey highlights that people dream of being more adventurous with their choices. Summer houses or animal pens may seem like very aspirational products but making the dream a reality is much easier than many may think.

“These days innovation in materials means it is much easier to install an outdoor building, and the job can easily be completed in a couple of hours.  Aside from the ease of installation, the other benefit of these new materials is that they stand the test of time.

“Onduline’s lightweight roofing products are made from an eco-friendly robust material that doesn’t contain any metal, meaning they will not rust, so once fitted you can rest assured that you won’t need to replace your roof for another at least 15 years. And they come in a range of colours, therefore ticking a number of the ‘dream garden’ requirements.”

Features of Brits’ dream garden:

  1. Lots of plants 
  2. Vegetable/fruit patch              
  3. Summer house
  4. Water feature              
  5. Bird feeder      
  6. Shed    
  7. A pathway       
  8. Hanging baskets          
  9. Sun loungers  
  10. Swimming pool                          
  11. Raised flower beds                    
  12. Built in barbeque                       
  13. Pond/lake                      
  14. Fairy lights                     
  15. Greenhouse                  
  16. Hot tub                           
  17. Dining table    
  18. Fire pit
  19. A bridge over water    
  20. Garden statues/ornaments    
  21. Pizza oven                      
  22. Swing bench                 
  23. Hammock                      
  24. Corner sofa                    
  25. Log cabin                       
  26. Outdoor heaters          
  27. Spotlights                       
  28. Treehouse                     
  29. Pergola                           
  30. Bar       
  31. Bee house                      
  32. Workshop        
  33. Orangery                        
  34. Day bed            
  35. Chiminea         
  36. Carport/bespoke garage         
  37. Sauna 
  38. Log storage                    
  39. Egg chair                        
  40. Trampoline     
  41. Playground equipment e.g. swing / climbing frame  
  42. Outdoor gym                
  43. Tennis court
  44. Playhouse        
  45. Yoga area                      
  46. Outdoor rug    
  47. Maze                
  48. Goal net           
  49. Five-a-side pitch          
  50. Go-kart track  
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