Office of National Statistics figures released last week saw the first quarterly slowdown in construction output - a reduction of 2.1 per cent - since the beginning of 2013. But overall in 2014 it was up by 7.4 per cent on 2013.
Output also increased by 0.4 per cent in December 2014 compared with November and 5.5 per cent in December 2014 compared with December 2013.
All work types recorded increases except for infrastructure, public other new work and private commercial work. The largest increase was in new housing, which was up by 23 per cent from 2013 to 2014.
"We are seeing lots of activity at the moment," said Boningale Nurseries chairman Tim Edwards. "The housebuilding market is being particularly strong and we think that's going to grow again. The commercial market is also increasing nicely so we're very confident."
Johnsons of Whixley Managing director Andrew Richardson said he is currently supplying a cross-section of projects but no public sector. "On the landscape side we're very busy and we've had a very good season," he added.
"In the South East the housebuilding side is really picking up. It's quiet in Yorkshire, the North East has just started to pick up. Scotland has been busy for us and we've had a lot of contracts in Northern Ireland."
Crowders Nurseries chairman Robert Crowder warned that too cold ground at the beginning of February had slowed some projects. "The orders have been extremely strong but deliveries and invoicing less so in February.
"Demands for March could be well over capacity for some contractors and some nurseries. We're still getting huge enquiries for March planning. I'm beginning to wonder if it's going to come to an almighty peak."