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Guide Dogs Summer Sounds Survey

 ComRes interviewed British adults on their favourite summer sound.

Date Published: 23 Jun 2013

Categories: Public and communities | Social | UK


The nation of gardeners that hates the sound of a lawnmower

Britain may be a nation of gardeners, but a poll shows the lawnmower is their least favourite sound of summer. 
In a survey by ComRes for the charity Guide Dogs, just 5% of people voted the lawnmower their favourite summer sound, coming in behind waves crashing on a beach (35%) and the overall winner birdsong (43%), which would normally be associated with spring.
This week the charity will present a mix tape of supporters' favourite sounds to Minister Norman Baker as part of the Safe and Sound campaign to ensure a minimum noise level on quiet electric and hybrid vehicles.
The Parliamentary Reception on Wednesday will encourage MPs to back a change in the regulations at European level, so that all quiet electric and hybrid vehicles are fitted with a mandatory noise generator. 
Campaigns Manager James White said: “Sound is incredibly important, especially if you are someone with sight loss who relies on hearing noise from cars and vans to identify a safe gap in the traffic to cross a road.
We want make our roads safer and help protect not only blind and partially sighted people, but pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users.”

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