Hozelock survey reveals UK is now a nation of healthy hobbyists

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A recent survey by Hozelock found that more than eight in 10 adults have taken up a new hobby during lockdown to boost their mental or physical health, with walking, reading and gardening the most popular pastimes.

The study of 2,000 adults found more than a third have taken up a new activity since the start of the pandemic, with 81% choosing a hobby with some form of mindfulness, such as growing fruit and vegetables, to help keep them calm.

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More than 75% also agreed it’s been important to keep their mind busy since spending more time at home in the past year, while 63% credited the activities with helping them to stick to a routine while at home.

Sarah Dixon, marketing manager from Hozelock, said: “Most people have had more time on our hands during the past 12 months, so it is only normal that this time was filled by taking up new hobbies.

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“Our research found that more than half of adults count gardening as a hobby, with 70% spending more time sprucing up their outdoor space during the lockdown than ever before and individuals are now spending almost two hours gardening every week.

“For garden centres this is a great opportunity to appeal to first time gardeners by educating them on the tools they need to keep their gardens in bloom for another year. There is also a role to play in encouraging existing gardeners to extend their hobby into new areas, such as growing vegetables or creating a wildlife garden, to ensure the activity stays exciting.”

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