Nearly three quarters of British gardening customers turn to the web for advice, European-wide study finds

The 'largest ever' European survey on gardening has shown that more Brits are choosing to surf the web for advice on gardening than ever before.

Bakker Spalding Garden Company carried out the survey of 26,000 people, from 17 different countries, which found that 72 per cent of UK citizens look up gardening advice online, before going anywhere else. Only a quarter would go to a family member (25.5 per cent), and even fewer would ask their mother (22.6 per cent).

The results are despite almost half (47.7 per cent) of those in the UK surveyed saying they would like to teach their children and grandchildren to garden.

Online gardening advice has become popular since the turn of the decade, with blogs and forums allowing people to follow others as they transform their gardens, share ideas and advice, and get their questions answered instantly. There are even online gardening courses now available on the internet.

Bakker Spalding Garden Company gardening expert Gareth Richards said: "These results are a clear indication of how things have changed in the UK, certainly over the last decade. Many of us remember an abundance of gardening shows that occupied our screens just a few years ago. But as these have diminished, a new generation of gardeners – both expert and beginner - has started to turn to online blogs and forums, and even YouTube, for the latest information and tips."

Bakker Spalding Garden Company managing director Adrian Nind added: "It’s becoming clear that a whole host of information about gardening – whether that’s general advice, troubleshooting, or even just encouragement – is now available at our fingertips. People are using these sites to build their confidence, glean inspiration and ideas, and become more adventurous and creative gardeners.

"As product makers and suppliers we’re really pleased to see this change develop and at Bakker Spalding we have moved with this trend; shifting and streamlining our online services so that they are even more accessible and efficient for this generation."

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