Growing trend sees more digging for their dinner plate

Home-grown food has never been more fashionable, according to The UK’s ultimate grow your own event, The Edible Garden Show.

Almost two-thirds (65%) of people nationwide have grown their own produce in the last five years and more than half (56%) are planning to in 2016.          

While saving money is key for 40%, health and taste benefits also top the poll of motivational factors. This year the nation is preparing to start sowing and planting their own potatoes (42%), strawberries (46%), tomatoes (59%), herbs (51%), lettuce (36%), onions (29%), peas (24%), raspberries (23%) and chilies (20%).  

 Although limited space is the largest constraint with 55% of people saying it’s put them off taking the plunge, nearly one in three (31%) are now considering growing their edible crops alongside their ornamental plants and flowers.

Di Appleyard, Marketing and PR Co-ordinator for The National Allotment Society, says: “This research shows just how vital our allotment plots are and how, despite the majority of people in the UK only having access to small gardens and miniscule balconies, we have rediscovered our taste for and appreciation of home grown fruit and vegetables. Events like The Edible Garden Show provide a great opportunity to pick up some tips to get children interested in gardening and keen on eating fresh, healthy food. The inspirational talks and demonstrations give people the confidence.”

It’s also incredibly social. With nearly half (49%) of Brits choosing to pick up a trowel with their partners and almost one in four (23%) inspiring the next generation by growing with either their children or grandchildren, it’s one of the best hobbies for leaving any troubles behind as you get out and have fun losing yourselves tending to your own fruit and veg.

The Edible Garden Show takes place 11-13 March at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. It promises to be a great family day out. www.theediblegardenshow.co.uk 

Landsman readers can buy two tickets for £16 enter code LANDS16.

Results are from a OnePoll survey of 1,000 UK residents.