Garden equipment and plants in the UK - Statistics & Facts

Over the course of the past decade, the United Kingdom’s production of flowers and plants and the income generated from this saw an increase of nearly 50 percent. Annual retail sales of gardening products such as flowers, plants, and seeds in Great Britain saw an upsurge, going from an index value of 80.2 in 2011 to 108.8 in 2019.

A regional breakdown of consumers’ average gardening budgets showed that the South East and East of England were more keen to spend on their gardens than any other regions. Overall, Britain’s current garden expenditure was just short of 700 British pounds, and London’s gardening spend was one of the lowest.

Detailed consumer expenditure regarding horticultural goods, plants and other garden equipment shows that senior consumers spend more on gardening than any other age group in the UK. Those aged between 65-74 spent a weekly average of 4.50 British pounds in 2019. Overall, the average amount spent across all UK households was much lower than this, at 3.20 British pounds. Individuals in the highest income groups were found to spend more on gardening.

The UK has many stores that specialize in the retail sales of plants, flowers, gardening equipment, and pet foods, but this number halved between 2008 and 2009. According to current numbers, there were over 6.5 thousand stores in the UK in 2019, whereas in 2008 almost double the number of the current store count was available for gardening shoppers. Today, some of the UK’s leading gardening retail stores are also the country’s most lucrative retail brands. Kingfisher plc, which owns B&Q, is one of them. B&Q runs stores both in the UK and Ireland, and the sales value generated from these operations saw 3.4 billion British pounds in the financial year 2018-2019. After a relatively stable sales performance, in recent years B&Q sales saw a gradual decline, particularly from 2015 onwards.

A recent survey on the gardening shopping habits and preferences of UK consumers revealed that B&Q was the nation’s favorite retail store to shop for gardening and DIY products, with more than half of respondents to the survey stating a positive opinion. Other research showed that consumers were adamant about visiting physical stores when they wanted to purchase gardening goods, with the majority of them stating they would choose shopping at another physical store rather than shopping online with their regular retailer if they were to close down. Among the leading items consumers preferred buying in-store were plants and products for lawn and plant care. Online triumphed only for gardening power tools, with more consumers saying they buy them online rather than in-store.

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