New research conducted on behalf of online garden building retailer, Waltons.co.uk, has found that Britain’s 18-24 year olds are five times more likely to use their sheds for recreational activities than their parents and grandparents.
The survey revealed that Britain’s 18-24 year olds are nine times more likely to use their shed as a summerhouse than their parents, (those aged 45-54) who were more likely to use their garden building for it’s primary purpose.
Aaron Ketland, a spokesperson for Waltons, said: “It’s surprising to see that more and more young people are choosing to use their garden buildings for leisure activities. When you think of a summerhouse, you think of your granddad spending time in the garden, using the space for his plants or for somewhere to get away from it all”
The study also shows that Britain’s over 55s are investing the least amount of money into their sheds (£306), compared with young adults, aged 18-24, who spend on average £420.
“Its clear to see that young people are becoming more aspirational when it comes to their homes and gardens. You could say they’re enjoying the finer things in life a lot earlier on,” adds Ketland.
Looking at the regions, those living in London are willing to fork out, on average, £403 to renovate their potting sheds. On the other hand, Geordies are investing the least money of all regions, £279.
Mr Ketland, comments: “The study also shows that Londoners are investing the most money into their sheds and garden buildings. The reason behind this might be that properties in London are getting smaller and smaller, and people want to create new space alongside their homes. These are spaces to relax or focus on hobbies, whilst not spending too much money changing their immediate environment.”