Landscapers and garden designers must prepare for an upturn

Landscapers and garden designers need to make the most of any spare time by investing in training and improving working methods.

A downturn is the ideal opportunity for serious businesses to make a dent in the market, according to Association of Professional Landscapers' new vice-chairman Mark Gregory, and garden designer Andrew Fisher-Tomlin.
Landform Consultants managing director Mark Gregory said: "It is going to be hard for us but something like this will drive out the people who just think they can make a quick buck.
"There will always be work and it hasn't hit us yet but this is a good time for people to get their heads down and make themselves more efficient and improve their skills."
Mark Gregory and Andrew Fisher-Tomlin were among attendees at a garden design workshop held at Johnsons of Whixley's Chobham site last week.
New APL chairman Adam Frost joined more than 100 people from the landscape and garden design sectors to attend the event, which was followed by the APL's annual general meeting.
The Horticultural Trades Association's director of business development Tim Briercliffe shared early results from its Greening the UK survey of local authorities, while Johnsons managing director Andrew Richardson revealed the firm is now selling more UK-grown products to respond to demand.
Andrew Fisher-Tomlin assured attendees that hard work and diligence now would pay dividends in the coming months.
"Hopefully even with everything that has happened this year it will be quite a minor downturn," said Andrew Fisher-Tomlin.
"If you do get spare time then you should be preparing, training and looking at how your business can improve for 18 months time.
"We need to look at it in a very positive light; you can grow your business much better if you sit down and think about it logically."

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