Landscape industry could do more in encouraging sustainable practice

Landscape industry could do more in encouraging sustainable practice
A survey of 100 landscape professionals, garden designers and landscape architects suggests that fewer than a fifth of clients (19%) are asking for sustainability to be part of a brief.  

The survey, undertaken by Palmstead Nurseries ahead of its Strictly Sustainable workshop on 16 September, questioned participants on their plant choices, carbon footprint and their clients' knowledge and appetite for sustainability.  

The results reveal that only half of those questioned were using sustainably sourced plants, with fewer than a quarter (23%) using recycled concrete and just 39% integrating sustainably sourced water into their projects.  

Half of those questioned (51%) felt that the industry was on the right track but that more could be done in terms of embracing sustainability, while a quarter said they "˜still didn't feel sufficiently equipped to know enough about their carbon footprint'.

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