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Gardening in the News: Gardening: A hobby where the costs aren't growing.

According to the Daily Mail Gardening is the only hobby where the costs aren't growing!

Interesting article in The Daily Mail: Monday, April 30, 2012 by Sean Poulter.

Gardening is the only hobby where the costs aren't growing

For those weighed down by money troubles, the spiralling cost of 'fun' activities can make them just another cause for concern.

But there is one pastime that is bucking the trend - gardening.

A review of leisure spending found that, while the costs of ten out of 11 activities studied had risen more quickly than inflation, the price of gardening had not.

The average price of going to a Premier League football match, for example, was up by 184 per cent compared with ten years ago, to £48.90. This is more than six times inflation over the decade, at 29 per cent, as measured by the Consumer Price Index.

The review by the Halifax bank also found gym fees were up by 48 per cent in a decade, while a visit to the cinema will set a family back some 46 per cent more. By contrast, the average montly cost of gardening rose by just 17 per cent.

The growing cost of getting to and from favourite activities had been a 'clear driver' behind the rising price of leisure, Martin Ellis, an economist at Halifax, added, meaning many were deciding to stay at home.

The study said high travel costs were 'hugely limiting' - the cost of petrol and diesel rose by 89 per cent in a decade, to an average of £96.95 a month, it found.

The Government's decision to put up VAT from 17.5 to 20 per cent in January also contributed to rising leisure costs.

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