As part of their Greening Great Britain Campaign, the ran a survey to see how many of us would spend the bank holiday weekend on our phones. They discovered that 64 per cent spend three hours or more on their smartphones outside of work in a week, while just 31 per cent will spend three or more hours tending to plants and flowers outside.
A significant proportion of those who took part in the research admitted to spending nine or more hours outside of work on their phones, compared to just 4 per cent who are planning to head outside to enjoy gardening this spring.
'We’re not saying ditch your smartphone or devices forever, we’re just suggesting that a bit less time scrolling and more time digging would do us all a world of good. We hope people will help us get Greening Great Britain this Easter as growing more plants is good for health, wildlife, air quality and creates beautiful places to enjoy,' said Sue Biggs, RHS Director General.
'And with 4 in 5 of social media users saying they feel positive when they see pictures of plants on social media we think it would be lovely after your gardening efforts, to fill social feeds with plants and spring blooms to cheer us all up.
'Whilst 80 per cent of participants said they had a garden, either shared or their own, the 20 per cent who don’t can join the huge trend in growing houseplants and now is the perfect time to repot your houseplants and care for them.'
What else the study shows us...
- 42 per cent of those who spend time gardening at home said they felt healthy and happy
- 53 per cent said that gardening made them feel more productive
- 50 per cent explained that gardening helped them to feel calm
- Nearly 4 in 5 of 11 to 18 year-olds who had seen pictures of gardens on their social media explained they felt more calm
Top jobs to get Greening Great Britain this Easter:
- Trim lawn edges, winkle out weeds and tidy up overgrown hedges.
- Sow hardy flower seeds; wild meadow flowers, cornfield annuals and annual garden flowers such as love-in-a-mist, fiery marigolds and sunflowers
- Good things to eat come from seeds sown now – lettuces and other salads, peas and broad beans, broccoli and sweet pointed cabbages, carrots and salad onions
- Start feeding houseplants and repot crowded ones – start taking cuttings once strong shoots arise
- Revitalise any sad, abandoned tubs, troughs and other containers with fresh peat free potting compost and plant summer bedding plants (remembering to have an old curtain or similar to draw over them if any night frosts threaten in the next few weeks)
- Visit a plant centre or nursery and treat yourself to a plant to take home and love, but go early as Easter is the peak buying season.