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Over 50’s ace of spades when it comes to garden security

Sixty eight per cent of the over 50s say they get a great deal of pleasure from their garden – that’s 14.3 million people – while five million retired people say gardening and growing vegetables is their favourite activity in retirement. Older people also invest more money in their gardens, the average value of a garden owned by someone over 50 is £903, that’s over £200 more than a typical garden owned by someone under, which is valued at £665. This explains why twice the number of under 50s (19%) than over 50s (10%) say they do nothing at all to prepare their garden for winter.

When it comes to taking care of gardens the today’s over 50s are clearly a cut above the rest and much more likely than younger homeowners to take simple steps to protect their gardens and equipment from the worst of the winter weather.

Top 5 garden know-how differences:

Store away equipment 68% (over 50s) 57% (under 50s)

Clean tools 43% (over 50s) 31% (under 50s)

Put away terracotta pots etc. 26% (over 50s) 18% (under 50s)

Protect Plants 20% (over 50s) 9% (under 50s)

Do nothing to secure sheds etc. 13% (over 50s) 15% (under 50s)

Andrew Goodsell, executive chairman, Saga Group, commented: “It may not have been the BBQ summer we were all hoping for, but leaving the BBQ out to rust during winter will mean paying out to replace it next year. As a nation we are passionate about gardens and outdoor spaces, but when Spring knocks on the door many of us could face hefty bills to replace items neglected during the harsher months, or stolen from insecure sheds. By taking a few simple steps to protect their plants and possessions, garden-owners can potentially save themselves hundreds of pounds.”

Saga’s top garden security tips

· Write your postcode, with an ultraviolet waterproof pen, on valuable items such as tools, machinery, BBQ’s

· Check sheds and gates for deterioration over the winter months and make suitable repairs if necessary

· Padlocks, screws and fastenings may have rusted, replace if needed

· Do a garden inventory – you might be surprised at how much your garden items are worth!

· Take photos of valuable items to keep in case they are stolen

· Check your Home Insurance policy to make sure you have adequate cover for your garden items

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