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Brits opt to invest in their gardens

July 28, 2011

Brits opt to invest in their gardens

People are starting to spend more on their gardens, which gives rise to the need for a decent home insurance policy, Santander has revealed.

Last year, it is estimated that £5.2 billion was spent on improving outdoor spaces, with 12 million people opting to grow their own vegetables.

Garden furniture is one of the main features of the open spaces, with 62 per cent of respondents saying this is something they had purchased over the past 12 months.

Sheds have also seen a popularity boost, as have greenhouses and decking.

Colin Greenhill, director of Santander Insurance, said: "Many garden features are valuable in their own right and don't benefit from the security that items kept inside the home do, so it's important to make sure they are adequately insured."

HSBC recently revealed that a third of Brits are using their gardens to provide a sustainable, cheaper and organic alternative to supermarket bought produce.

This article is intended as generic information only and is not intended to apply to anybody’s specific circumstances, demands or needs. The views expressed are not intended to provide any financial service or to give any recommendation or advice. Products and services are only mentioned for illustrative rather than promotional purposes.

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