Students veto garden careers, finds survey

Jack Wallington, community director of student online community The Student Room, asked 500 14-24 year-olds what they thought of gardening and careers in horticulture.

As a hobby, gardening is seen positively with 72 per cent of millennials having already helped with gardening, 79 per cent having grown a plant and 75 per cent enjoy growing plants.

Half of 14 – 24 year olds have watched a range of gardening programmes including Big Allotment Challenge, Autistic Gardener and the most watched, Gardeners' World.

Only seven per cent have considered making a career in horticulture. This is the same proportion of schools and colleges that suggested the idea to students, who believed it pays poorly and was boring.

But 17 per cent say they might want a horticulture career later in life. The students said having their own garden would make them more interested.

Survey: 514 respondents aged 14 – 24 year olds (60 per cent were 16 – 19 yr olds), split 40 per cent male/60 per cent female.

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