Greener gardening recognition rises according to HTA Plant for Life Environment Report

Awareness of the environmental benefits of gardening have risen, the HTA's PlantforLife campaign's 2011 Environment Report has found.

HTA launches Plant for Life Environment Report 2011 - image: HTA
HTA launches Plant for Life Environment Report 2011 - image: HTA
The Plant for Life Environment Report  examines how attitudes and behaviour towards the environment and greener gardening have changed in recent years.

Building on a nationwide survey conducted by PlantforLife in 2007 to find out how concerned we are about the environment, the aim is to provide a snapshot of gardening in Britain today.

The latest research shows that there have been some positive improvements in levels of awareness over the past four years when it comes to understanding the role that gardening and planting plays in environmental sustainability.

Some 92 per cent of people surveyed agreed that they felt it was important to have flowers, shrubs and trees grown in built up areas, while 17 per cent recognised the benefits of growing plants in the built environment - up from nine per cent four years ago.

But just 56 per cent of people still only recognise the aesthetic benefits of plants, an improvement on 69 per cent back in 2007.

One of the most significant improvements in UK gardens has been providing for wildlife with one in three people doing things specifically to encourage wildlife into the garden – this is an increase of a third on four years ago.

The report highlights the key issues that face the future of our gardens and the environment, and contains tips from expert gardener Chris Collins to help improve our green credentials and protect the environment for generations to come.

See www.plantforlife.info/environment


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