Where is the UK's gardening hotspot?

Where is the UK's gardening hotspot?

For many gardeners, one of the biggest frustrations of living in Britain is the weather. Don’t get us wrong; when it’s good it’s great — last year Kent basked in September temperatures of 34.4C. However, the sunshine and warm temperatures often don’t stick around for long!

The UK’s interchangeable weather has got compost and ericaceous compost retailer Compost Direct thinking: where in the UK avoids the worst of the weather and offers greater opportunities for green-fingered gardeners? We find out more…

For more information about the UK’s optimum areas for gardening, take a look at Compost Direct’s infographic.

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Rain, rain go away is the motto for most British gardeners. However, some lucky regions have it easy.

London gardeners have the best opportunity to garden, as they receive the least amount of rain. Based on data from 1981 to 2010, the UK’s capital averages at just 55.74cm of rain each year — the lowest in the UK.

However, while rain may not be the problem, the type of property you own could be a potential stumbling block. Research has found that between 2010 and 2015, 88.8% of newly built properties sold were flats. A type of property renowned for its limited or non-existent outdoor space, the real issue for Londoners may be finding a plot to garden.garden rainfall in britain

Ipswich is the second driest place in the UK, with an average rainfall of 56.05cm. Cambridge (56.81cm), Middlesbrough (57.43cm) and Newcastle (59.72cm) followed. If you’re tired of battling with the rain, these are the places you should go.

We have bad news if you live in Cardiff or Glasgow — your gardening efforts are at risk of being a total wash out. The areas are some of the wettest in the UK, receiving 115.19cm and 112.43cm respectively each year.

Preston (103.36cm), Huddersfield (102.83cm) and Plymouth (100.74cm) aren’t far behind either, shortening the amount of time you can spend in your garden.


The UK’s sunny days are few and far between, yet they offer the best chance to get out in your garden and do the things you love. Plants thrive on it too — so the more sunshine you have, the better chance you’ll have to grow healthy plants.

Of all UK regions, Eastbourne tops the chart in terms of sunshine hours, with data from 1981 to 2010 averaging at 1,888 hours. Overall, the south — as expected — has the highest number of sunshine hours regionally.

In the North, gardeners in Blackpool receive the most sunshine with 1,567 hours. Tenby is the sunniest town in Wales, basking in an average of 1,667 sunshine hours each year. Further up north in Scotland, Dundee receives 1,564 hours of sun, while Northern Ireland’s most tropical city is Belfast at 1,353 hours.

For sunny days in the garden, head to one of these sunshine hotspots!

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