Survey on the Importance of Gardens and Green Spaces during the first Corona Lockdown

Source: Filmagentur Rheingau

Germany is in the middle of the second Corona lockdown with sport and leisure activities being reduced to a minimum. Hochschule Geisenheim University has been studying the importance of gardens and green spaces during the first Corona lockdown in spring, conducting a survey of 495 people at the end of May, from all population groups, proportionately according to age, gender, income and region


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Overview of the most important results:

  • Participants with an own garden – 53 percent of the sample – are on average more satisfied with their life. On a scale of 0 to 10, this group rated 7.4 compared to 6.3 for people without a garden.
  • 75 percent of garden owners say that their garden is relatively important, important or very important to them. In addition, more than 50 percent of all garden owners say that their garden is more important to them this year than last year. For persons without a garden, public green spaces play a similar role. 60 percent of this group say that parks and city forests are relatively important, important or even very important at the moment. For more than half of all garden owners, parks and city forests are more important this year than last year.
  • 3 out of 4 participants say that they spend more time in their gardens because of the pleasant spring weather. However, over 50 percent also state Corona-related reasons such as contact restrictions and limited leisure activities.
  • On average, participants spend about 9 hours per week outside for sport and recreational activities. Garden owners almost double their time outdoors by spending an additional 8 hours for working in their own garden which comprises on average 360 square metres.
  • Houses with a garden sell significantly faster than appartments without a balcony or a garden. In 2020, the timespan in which a house with a garden is listed for sale on the real estate market has decreased even further (analysis in collaboration with GeoMap).



Source: Filmagentur Rheingau
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