A new industry report, commissioned by the Ornamental Horticulture Round Table Group (OHRTG), has revealed that landscape services generated a total of £11.6bn contributions in 2017.
The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI), a member of the commissioning group, is now calling on government officials to give meaningful support to landscaping in the UK.
The group said supports needs to be focused on providing adequate levels of funding to support businesses offering placements for apprentices and ensuring a sufficient and reliable pool of talent to help meet current and future workforce needs.
BALI said landscape services, which includes domestic and commercial construction, design and private and public grounds maintenance, also provides £880m in direct annual tax revenue to the Exchequer. This figure increases to £2.2bn when wider landscaping activities are included.
BALI CEO Wayne Grills said: “Finally, BALI and its members, who have been providing professional landscape services since the early seventies, can now see the true extent of what the landscape services industry contributes to the UK economy every year.
“The £11.6bn contribution to GDP is a larger figure than all of the other industries in the report combined, including garden goods, ornamental plants, retail, wholesale, arboriculture and garden tourism.”