INSPIRED by the huge increase in customers wishing to grow their own vegetables at home, a local garden centre has launched a range of online essentials for budding growers.

Hayes Garden World in Ambleside, for the first time ever, is now selling seeds, bulbs and plants online as part of their ‘Grow Your Own’ range, making it easier for anyone to get green fingered.

Traditionally Hayes Garden World has only sold garden and home furniture online but reacting to demand it has expanded its range to encourage all budding gardeners to have a go at growing-their-own.

Seasoned experts and landscaping newcomers can now get everything they need, from planters to seeds and starter kits.

So far, the online range includes onions, potatoes and other vegetables, and Hayes has created practical solutions for every keen gardener; such as tiered planters for those with smaller spaces or raised planters for anyone with back/mobility problems.

Gardening expert, Angela Slater, champions the belief that the benefits of growing your own produce are invaluable for your physical and mental health.

Angela said: "Recent years have seen a huge increase in 'grow your own' fruit and vegetables as customers are seeing the damage that is being done to the planet by flying in vegetables from half-way around the world.

“As a result, they are trying to grow their own veggies and realising that it is not difficult, and the taste is far superior to the produce you buy in the supermarket."