David Domoney & Professor Harriet Gross

Miracle Gro has revealed that a huge 45% of the UK feel lonely. They have implemented a 'Friends over the Fence' campaign that encourages people to use gardening to overcome barriers and meet new people.

Their research shows:

45% of people often experience feelings of loneliness

One-third of the UK admit they find it hard to talk to new people

70% of people find gardening is good for their mental health

48% agree that gardening and being outdoors is a great way to meet people

Women (50.5%) are more likely to feel lonely than men (40%) – those aged 25-34 are most affected (57%)

If this affects you, make a plan to chat with the neighbours when you're next out planting and weeding, or maybe visit your local garden centre and share some gardening tips with your fellow shoppers

TV presenter David Domoney, and psychologist & author of The Psychology of Gardening, Professor Harriet Gross are backing the campaign.

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