on 18 June 2008
What a shame this book has not filled the gap in the market to provide useable and up to date information. Unfortunately it seems to have been written by someone who has had very little experience of costing landscape works, particularly at a minor scale and Spons should be ashamed of themselves for putting their name to such a shabby effort, I wonder if they know what the role of editor is? One should always be suspicious of a cost book that doesn't have a date on the cover. There are some major omissions: including nothing on bulb planting, wild flower seeding or bare root stock, or under masonry, just coursed random rubble walls, nothing else; there are silly additions: almost 50 pages of plant material, some hugely obscure, this could be edited to 5 or 6 pages of useful information, most nurseries send out annual priced catalogues for free so this is superfluous. Some of the information is wrong and doesn't correspond with industry specification e.g. Sorbus aucuparia in 1 litre pots. A careless, sloppy and expensive book, Spons need to get professional advice from a landscape architect next time they try and produce something like this.