The once popular garden gnome is at risk of dying out as Brits ditch the ‘tacky’ ornament for more ‘sophisticated’ garden decorations.
While the cheeky chappy was once a regular guest in many a garden during the 1970s, sales of the little guy have halved since 2005 and there are thought to be just five million left in gardens around the UK.
In a new poll by Asda, gnomes were voted the least favourite garden decoration in a survey of 2,000 Brits.
The rosy-cheeked chap came in joint last place for favourite outdoor items, along with plastic garden furniture, and was described by some rather vocal respondents as ‘tacky’ – a view echoed by Chelsea Flower Show bosses who banned gnomes from displays.
A whopping 94% of respondents declared they would NEVER have a gnome in their garden, with one guy (who really must learn to form an opinion…) saying: “I find gnomes creepy – they look like they are in league with the devil somehow.
“They are not cute little things at all, they send shivers up my spine whenever I see them.”
Friends of the devil aside, windmills and coloured paving slabs were also voted as garden no-nos, with veggie patches and hanging baskets declared the ‘top garden trends’.
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