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Why not spend some quality time in the garden?

With so many people leading such busy lives these days, the importance of spending time with family can be overlooked.

Indeed, a new study from Virgin Holidays and the Universal Orlando Resort has revealed the typical family spend little more than an hour a day in each other’s company.

When it comes to weekdays, the average household only manages 36 minutes of quality time, due to a combination of work, chores, evening clubs and other activities. Furthermore, people see their extended relations such as grandparents even less.

A spokesperson for the study commented: “Families are busier than ever with parents working, children at school and the evening and weekends taken up with a host of clubs, sports and play-dates with friends.

“But this means that many families struggle with really getting to spend some time together and just enjoy each other’s company for a while.”

Working long hours was highlighted as the main barrier to parents being with their family, while children’s preference for watching TV or playing computer games is also a hindrance.

The tough economy may be limiting the amount of time families get to spend together, as people feel they do not have the money to take the children out for the day.

However, it’s still possible to have quality time without leaving your home. If you have a garden why not make the most of it? There’s a whole host of family activities that can take place in your own backyard, such as having a BBQ, playing a game or maybe even doing a spot of communal gardening.

The perfect period to do this is in the summer, when the warm weather and long days make the garden an ideal place to relax and unwind. It’s important to be careful of the sun however and installing a shade sail is an easy way to keep you and your family protected from the threat of sunburn.

We stock a range of shade structures that are designed to boost the appearance and value of your home, click here to learn more.

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