Contractors pin blame on recession for shortfall in small jobs

Show garden contractors at RHS Cardiff Flower Show said the recession had meant customers were booking fewer small jobs and less hard landscaping in their designs.

Cardiff-based Alfresco Landscape & Garden owner Paul Melvin, who built Gaynor Witchard's best in show-winning garden, said: "People plan to spend less but with the same amount of impact. Good planting is the way forward. People don't realise what goes into a garden. They are reluctant to spend extra."

Cardiff-based contractor Jamie Broxton of Broxton & Moruzzi, which won silver gilt for its first show garden, CJ Garden Designs Urban Sanctuary, said: "We are getting big jobs but for the smaller jobs people are counting their pennies. People with money are doing large-scale things, replacing old gardens with new ones by designers."


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