Sales of garden gnomes have risen by 20 per cent in the past year.



It is believed that a million have been sold in the UK as the garden ornaments have made a return to fashion amid the numerous coronavirus lockdowns.

There are now six million gnomes in gardens up and down the country after sales had dipped over the past 15 years, with Britain having reportedly "fallen out of love" with the decorations.

The gnome invasion was revealed in a study conducted by Sainsbury's Bank as bosses at the supermarket looked to see what people have been spending their money on over the past year.

Figures from Sainsbury's and Argos stores found that Brits spent an average of £597 on kitting out the garden in 2020, a rise of 97 per cent from the previous year.

The survey also found that 71 per cent of the 2,000-strong sample said they had "fallen in love" with their outdoor spaces again during the pandemic.