The latest data from the Top 70 ranking shows that much of the grounds maintenance and landscaping sector proved resilient throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
The nature of landscape work and its ability to meet social distancing guidelines meant that many operators were able to continue. Nearly 25% of entries reporting increased revenues over the period. Some firms found their work opportunities were even boosted by COVID-related contracts and private garden and landscaping works.
Looking forward, however, key industry figures have warned of the aftershock to come as grounds maintenance clients tighten budgets to help offset economic pressures. There could even be repercussions for the landscaping sector should the marginal decline in the construction sector continue. Landscapers also face increased material costs and staff shortages as the implications of Brexit take hold.
However, many remain optimistic that key growth trends such as the high-end domestic market and environmental projects look set to continue into the year and may help to offset any losses from other key areas. Renewed public appreciation for green spaces and extra Government funding for a Green Recovery may help to boost the sector further.