Arboriculturists report upturn in kit sales with good weather

Arboricultural firms are reporting an upturn in sales as clients begin to invest in new kit as the economy and weather improve.

According to Stanton Hope's Richard Chapman, arboriculturists focusing on private work had got busier following Easter. "People were out in their gardens seeing what needed to be done," he explained. "However, for those working on country estates, the finances weren't hit so badly anyway. It helps that we have a broad customer base."

Thermal imaging firm Thermo Ecology financial controller Ian Hamnett agreed that business is improving. He said the cost-effective element of surveying large amounts of trees in one go was attractive to local authorities, particularly as they set new budgets for the year ahead.

Meanwhile, FR Jones director Justin Jones said he had experienced a "massive increase" in sales in the past year. He added that the firm had a "phenomenal" record month in March.

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