Children’s favourite flower has today been revealed as the rose, following a survey by the National Trust.
The Trust carried out the survey of children in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland as part of its drive to encourage children to connect with nature and learn how to care for plants.
More than 1,000 boys and girls aged eight to 15 took part in the survey. Just over one fifth (21%) choosing the rose as their favourite flower followed by the sunflower with 16%. Daffodils and daisies took third place with 7% each.
The children were asked to select all the reasons why it was their favourite flower. Nearly two thirds said the colour (60%), almost a third (30%) liked the shape and almost one third (30%) said the smell was important.
More than one in six children (15%) said their favour flower brought back a nice memory. Whilist 14% said it was their favourite because it was loved by a family member or friend.
Two out of five children surveyed said they had smelt a flower in the last week (40%) and three quarters (76%) said they had grown a flower from seed.
There were also national and regional differences. Children in Wales chose the daffodil as their favourite flower (26%). The sunflower was second at 17%, with the rose coming in third at 11%.
Children in Northern Ireland had both the daisy and the sunflower as joint first with 16%. The rose and the daffodil were joint second with 13% each.
Children in the East Midlands also chose the sunflower over the rose as their favourite with 19% and 17% respectively.
Asked to name a flower when shown a picture, most children could identify sunflowers (84%), roses (77%), daisies (72%), daffodils (68%), buttercups (62%) and bluebells (56%). But less than a quarter could identify carnations (23%), crocus (15%), orchid (15%) and only 4% could identify a sweet pea.
The list of flowers given to the children was chosen with the help of the Trust’s Gardens team and included a mix of wild and cultivated flowers.