In a ground-breaking survey of the grounds care industry, the IoG found that the industry is worth £580m in England and that just 0.4 per cent of its workers are women.
IoG chief executive Geoff Webb said the body of evidence will help challenge perceptions and aid an umbrella federation of associated industry bodies to lobby for greater government support. He said: “We’d see BIGGA sitting alongside that”, adding that merger talks with the greenkeeper body broke down last year because of the gap between IoG membership annual fees (£37-£45) and BIGGA’s (£121).
Both bodies have around 8,000 members. Webb said the proposed federation was “bigger than the two organisations”. “An umbrella body would allow for shared best practice and increased influence when speaking to Government.”
Webb said it could address the age and skills gap, climate change and the volunteer question — there are 20,000 unpaid groundsmen in the UK, according to the study.
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