Does the recent election spell good news for the landscaping industry?

Now that the election 2015 is over, it would seem that stability has been reintroduced to the garden industry.

According to an article published on Horticulture Week online, the election creates instability for retailers. However when this period is over, stability is reinstated and consumer spend goes back to normal.

The idea that instability occurs during the time of the election is discussed by Garden Centre Association chair, Will Armitage. The Garden Industry Manufacturers Association has also commented post-election, explaining that it is now business as usual as the British public have voted for continuity.

What else has emerged concerning the landscaping industry?

According to the HTA’s Raoul Curtis-Machin, the good news is that garden cities are more likely to go ahead. There are however fewer prospects of expanding Sunday trading.

Chief Operating Officer of BALI, believes that building relationships with members of the Conservative government will allow some consistency and consolidation of work that has already been done, rather than having to start again.

Severe cuts to local authority budgets however may mean that landscape firms need to find innovative ways to work with local councils who have extremely small budgets.

Funding parks across the UK is another issue that has been discussed by Parks Alliance Vice Chairman, Dr Sid Sullivan. He hopes that action taken with the Minister for Parks, secures properly funded and maintained parks.

It is also important to the organisation that the government are provided with sound advice and data about the UK’s parks and open spaces. This way, the benefits that parks offer to both the government policy and the community’s health and lifestyle, will be emphasised.

What is your take?

Do you think the recent election has been positive for the landscaping industry? Or do you have a different view? Let us know your thoughts!


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