The latest research shows that a desire for low maintenance gardens has seen a surge in the laying of synthetic turf along with building larger patios and putting down concrete and tarmac. 

Industry figures show that out of the 86per cent of homes in the UK with gardens, as many as three in four have removed part of the original lawn as Britons develop a taste for al fresco living and demand a larger outdoor entertaining space. 

This trend to make more use of our open air environment, has resulted in a dramatic rise in demand for garden furniture, sun loungers, parasols, barbecues, gazebos, ornaments and chimineas according to the low priced retailer.

The report found that neighbourly get-togethers on the patio have soared at the expense of the formal dinner party. Almost nine in ten adults said they preferred entertaining guests outdoors rather than a more formal sit down meal around a dining table. 

Eight out of ten of home owners admitted to revamping their outdoor space in the past five years.