Is the recession having an impact on your budget?

HW polled visitors to the BTME show in Harrogate

Kevin Potter, senior groundskeeper, York City Council "Hopefully our budgets won't be affected. I know we are supposed to be getting at least a couple more machines this year. We always replace machines once they get to a certain age and as far as I know that is not going to change. At least, I certainly hope not.

"Most of the bigger projects that we need doing would go out to tender, but I have just come to the show to see what is out there that is new in terms of machines and technology."


Steve Dutton, groundsman, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Rugby League Football Club "We are getting less money this year than last year. We are trying to do the same jobs with fewer materials and less money.

"I think everybody is in the same position, trying to cut back on everything. We have just been told to try and do what we can unless something really drastic happens, like a major disease outbreak or something.

"But until that happens it's just plod along with what you have got. Rather than replace machines we have to repair them."


David MacAvoy, head greenkeeper, Childwall Golf Club "I think we are cutting back slightly. We are not skint but we are not going over the top either. Last year we had to cancel rebuilding a green and we probably won't be doing it this year either.

"We aren't cutting staff or anything — it's just we won't be going over the top on buying anything new. We won't be buying anything new this year or certainly not big kit anyway. We are just here to meet people as much as anything else."


Chris Downes, owner, Chris Downes Landscapes "We are being fairly cautious this year. Everything we do is tendered for — we work mainly with councils and private finance initiatives and we do quite a lot of school work.

"We are basically looking at spending the same on kit this year. The manufacturers seem to be trying to keep costs down by cutting back on things like electronics, so that is a good thing.

"We are part of a machinery ring where we all pool resources. We are finding at the moment that a lot more people are looking to borrow kit through the ring rather than buy their own."


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