Notcutts surveys schoolchildren to find out what they want from gardens

A Notcutts Garden Centres survey has found what children want from their dream garden.

Notcutts' research panel of six- to seven-year-old schoolchildren from East Anglia created their perfect garden wish list to include water - which could be as small as a paddling pool or as big as a swimming pool - and space for playing, such as a treehouse or sports area.

Flowers, fruit and vegetables - including potatoes, cucumber, tomatoes, raspberries, onions, marrows, strawberries, beans, apples and pears - were also considered important.

Notcutts marketing director Minnie Moll said: "Holidaying at home has hit a peak this year and our Kids Garden range is flying out of the doors.

"Key to a happy holiday is keeping the children entertained, so we wanted to find out first-hand what made them tick.

"It's also great to see such enthusiasm about gardening in general among this age group - we can already identify budding gardeners and a whole new green-fingered generation."

The Kids Panel said their favourites from the Notcutts Kids Garden range were the Animal Chair in a Bag, priced at £9.99, animal-shaped watering cans (poodle, duck or dolphin at £4.99 each), mini gardening tools (£4.99 for a hand-tool set) and sunflowers.


- Bad weather is not a deterrent: kids love playing in the rain, with 80 per cent of them finding it as much fun as the sun, providing there are wellies, buckets and waterproof games.

- "A little garden that's my own" was the most often-voiced request - 90 per cent of the children questioned wanted an area for their own gardening project.

- Treehouses or dens proved popular, with 60 per cent wanting a place to play.

- Weeding topped the list of gardening activity, above planting and watering.

- Girls and boys were equally keen to play football or tennis in the garden, with 85 per cent wanting specific equipment and/or a designated play area.

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