Before throwing out your old garden junk, do some digging and find out if it’s worth a fortune.

Before you chuck out your old gardening tools or that urn you inherited from your grandmother, check out their value because Jonty Hearnden, presenter of the BBC1 show Cash In The Attic, says you could be sitting on a goldmine. He reckons you may be able to sell anything from old paving slabs to large concrete urns, ancient tools, aged weathervanes and benches for hundreds — or even thousands — of pounds.

People who’ve inherited property or are clearing houses for relatives are the most likely candidates to find an treasure in the garden. “The most common items that may be lying around are garden urns or statuary of the 20th century, moulded urns, figurines and birdbaths which you think are just old and don’t have any value,” he says.

“Actually, there’s a very good second-hand value for those items because dealers and interior designers like urns which look really weathered. They might only be 20 to 40-years-old, but there’s a definite market for antique-looking reproduction garden urns and other items.”

Such items may be made of concrete, otherwise known as reconstituted stone, and the ones fetching the most money have an 18th or 19th century feel to them, he says. “I went into a shop the other day where there were four identical urns, 2ft tall by 1ft wide, with box bushes in them. They looked a million dollars and they were probably around £400 each.”

Birdbaths, weathervanes and other ephemera all have a value, he says.

“You could easily get £100 for a birdbath in an auction sale. It has to be weathered so that it doesn’t look new, which can take a few years.”

A new website,, has been launched to help people value their items. After uploading a few snaps of items to the website, experts will value their worth, charging from £5 per valuation. The site can help visitors research pricing and provenance.