Survey shows importance of gardens

It appears that while our homes may be more than just bricks and mortar, it’s actually the garden that makes a house a home for today’s over-50s.

New research shows 44% of homeowners citing the garden as one of their property’s most important features.

However, our horticultural havens can easily turn into a source of stress. One in 12 (8%) over-50s have had items stolen from their garden and Saga Home Insurance’s own claims analysis shows that the average cost to replace stolen or damaged items is £620.

Gardens are hugely important to Britain’s over-50s with one in eight (13%) stating they would not consider moving because of their garden. Half say their garden is where they relax (48%) and one-fifth (18%) feel that their garden is an escape from the world.

Two thirds (67%) of all UK adults say they keep items ranging from barbecues and water features to a myriad of ornamental animals, pixies and gnomes in their garden, and this figure increases to 78% for the over-50s. A quarter (24%) of gardeners over the age of 50 say they have over £250 worth of these items alone in their gardens.

Roger Ramsden, chief executive of Saga Services, said: “People enjoy creating their perfect garden, often investing a great deal of time and money in doing so, and this is particularly prevalent in the over-50s. With the average garden insurance claim costing around £620 I would encourage keen gardeners to ensure they have the peace of mind of insurance cover for their precious garden possessions.”