Landscape insight and analysis

Horticulture Week is committed to arming our subscribers with the very best information, insight and analysis of developments impacting the industry - to help them meet tomorrow's challenges and reap the opportunities.

In keeping with that aim, in this issue we are pleased to present the second of our Landscape Sector Forecast reports identifying key development sectors, clients, hot locations and trends for all those operating in the commercial landscape sector.

Drawing on a wealth of planning data from the HW Landscape Project Leads service launched in July 2015, the Landscape Sector Forecast 2017 finds a significant growth in housing-led project numbers - but a reduction in project values suggesting that development projects are being brought forward in smaller phases either to minimise financial risk in an uncertain economic climate or as a result of reduced sales rates, according to our author and built environment expert Jo Smit.

While the South East continues to dominate in terms of the project pipeline, all regions are seeing an increase in the umber of upcoming projects, supported by a new focus on the regions by business as well as the Government.

Other insights include the boom in the big "shed" warehouse as the shift to online shopping sees this market achieve its highest level of take-up ever - while education projects are showing decline this year, with the Department of Education falling from first to fourth in our list of key non-residential promoters of schemes.

For more insights into which sectors are up and which are down, see or Landscape Sector Forecast 2017 page.

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