With the country under lockdown, new research by Jeyes has revealed that many of us are spending more time than ever in the garden.
The cleaning specialist company has now joined forced with Gardeners' World presenter, Mark Lane, to set the nation for a challenge.
For the month of May, they want people to use the extra time in the garden to flex their green fingers for just 30 minutes a day to spruce it up in preperation for summer.
The initiative, named “The Great British Garden Spruce up” kicks off todayto coincide with the launch of National Gardening Week, and runs through to May 31.
A downloadable planner has been created including quick and easy, family-friendly suggestions on how people can spend their daily 30 minutes, from water blasting the patio to upcycling old plant pots.
And we want you to share your garden creations with us - whether it's a new hanging basket, a freshly cut lawn or a mud kitchen for your kids, we want to see them all!
The benefits of gardening to both mental and physical health have long been proclaimed. A report by The King’s Fund recognised that regular gardening can reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and obesity. The Royal Horticultural Society calculates that half an hour of digging in the garden burns up to 150 calories and moving the lawn burns 165.
Mark Lane said: “This will absolutely be a worrying time for many, but gardening has the ability to not only keep you physically fit, but it is also great for improving mental health and wellbeing too. May is one of the best months on the gardening calendar with the longer days and warmer weather, so we encourage you to make the most of this time by taking part in the challenge and creating an outdoor sanctuary of your own, no matter how small or large the space.”
Charlotte Blampied, Brand Manager at said: “The planner includes quick and easy tasks that will make a difference, not only to your garden but to your health and wellbeing too. We hope this challenge not only gives you the opportunity to get some jobs ticked off your list, but allows you to reconnect with nature and feel comfort in knowing that the nation is also doing the same.”