Reader Panel - Does the autumn statement hold any new hope for landscape?

Last week, chancellor George Osborne announced a raft of measures to kick-start the economy in his autumn statement, but what will they do to help the landscape sector?


"I wanted to hear more about investing in youth. They need more encouragement to move into vocational or academic training.

"Osborne could have eased up on student loans and been more positive in his outlook. Times are tough but young people need reassurance that there is a future in Britain, be it in landscape or horticulture.

"The skills are all right - students excelled at the BALI awards - now we need more fight from Government."

Greg Allen, senior lecturer, Writtle College

Training manager

"I was interested in the £30bn of infrastructure projects such as roads and railways, but we will have to see how much of that money filters through to our sector.

"A big worry is the National Planning Policy Framework, which doesn't seem to put much emphasis on greening new projects.

"If developers don't have to do it there's a worry they simply won't. However, for industry groups now may be a good time for us to pull a little closer together."

Neil Huck, national group training manager, BALI

Landscape architect

"The sectors to get us out of decline are construction and manufacturing, and finance is being withheld. I wanted Osborne to do something such as force the banks to spend a percentage of money on building projects.

"They say charity begins at home but so does recovery, so we need to focus on community projects, which will not only get designers designing and contractors building but help upskill local communities."

Richard Warren Greenway, director, Greenway Landscape Architects


"Lots of work in the education sector has dried up so more comment on that would have been good.

"Architecture does seem to be picking up. The large-scale projects aren't so prevalent but elsewhere I sense more optimism, so maybe the extra investment in infrastructure will nudge that along.

"Green is the buzzword and I don't see that momentum slowing down, regardless of the statement."

Tim Hopkins, business development manager Addagrip

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