An industry- sponsored survey claims that two-thirds of landscape professionals are confident that the UK economy is growing.

Landscape professionals predict a brighter future

In a survey of 100 landscape professionals, undertaken by Palmstead Nurseries, 77% said that they were more confident than this time last year about the improving economy, and indicated ‘that they felt encouraged about prospects for growth this year’.  

Just 3% said they were less confident about growth than this time last year, claims the company, which has undertaken the survey ahead of its annual workshop 'Design for Maintenance', which will be held on 17 September.
The survey also questioned respondents on their plans for employment in the coming year: a third (35%) said they would be taking on new staff in 2014.
Nick Coslett, Palmstead Nurseries’ marketing manager, says the company undertook the survey ‘to try to take the temperature of the industry’. The results, he claims ‘indicate that as an industry we have reason to be cautiously optimistic – and perhaps they are indication that we are through the worst of the downturn’. 
The 'Design for Maintenance' workshop, Coslett adds, ‘will seek to investigate how well we calculate the cost of maintenance. 
‘The question of confidence and employment is important as we will also look at whether, by improving our calculations for maintenance,  we can in turn  improve the picture for skilled horticulturalists employed to look after our designs.’
The survey was undertaken using Survey Monkey. The 100 landscape professionals questioned included constructors, landscape architects and garden designers.
Register here for Palmstead Nurseries’ Design for Maintenance workshop, which takes place at the Ashford International Hotel, Kent, on 17 September. 


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