2009 preview - Industry prepares for year ahead

Horticulture Week asks professionals from all sectors of horticulture how their sector will fare in 2009.

Horticulture Week surveys the year ahead
Horticulture Week surveys the year ahead

- Retail: Centres hope strong grow-your-own trend will balance weaker sales.

Sales of high-priced manufactured goods are expected to fall over the next year, according to garden retailers. But garden centres believe that this could be partially off-set by a rise in grow-your-own edible produce.

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- Arboriculture: Local authority work the safest as domestic jobs dry up

Some arborists are expecting a tough year ahead as economic problems take a grip on the country.

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- Ornamentals production: Amenity outlook poor but hopes for retail higher

Many ornamental-plant producers feel pessimistic about the impact of the downturn on the amenity market this year, but remain upbeat about the retail market, the fall in fuel prices and the exchange rate.

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- Edibles production: Growers optimistic despite tougher trading conditions

The weak economy, hardball supermarkets and labour issues will take their toll this year, but growers still reckon that 2009 could usher in some benefits to the industry.

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- Landscaping: Large public projects crucial as housing slump takes its toll

The housing downturn hit landscaping in 2008 but industry figures predict large-capital projects could help the sector in 2009, while sustainability concerns will continue to raise the public profile of landscape architecture and garden design.

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- Turf care: Boom time for football groundsmen but the golf sector suffers

Turf-care professionals believe that the sector is in good shape to weather the current economic storms.

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- Parks: Cuts, allotments and new visitors feature in 2009

Parks managers believe that they can avoid most of the effects of the recession, but fear that local authority budgets will be squeezed over the coming year.

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