HTA lobbies Holyrood

HTA has been lobbying the Scottish Government this week at Holyrood, promoting the benefits of horticulture.

Carolyn Spray, Richard Lochhead MSP and Christine Grahame MSP
Carolyn Spray, Richard Lochhead MSP and Christine Grahame MSP

HTA regional business manager Neil Cummings has been exhibiting an HTA display in the Garden Lobby area situated between the Debating Chamber and the MSP offices.


He said: "Following a first very successful Holyrood Reception back in May we were invited to put on an exhibition right in the centre of Parliament. This has given us a fantastic opportunity to engage with many MSPs and Government ministers. We have been highlighting the positive impact of horticulture in Scotland such as the benefits to, the economy, health and well-being, environment and tourism.


"It has also given us the opportunity to discuss how important it is to get horticulture into the curriculum for excellence so that our children have a better understanding of where their food comes from, how it is grown and the environment around them.  Hopefully this will lead to a greater number of horticultural students at colleges and universities and an increase in the uptake of modern apprenticeships with horticultural businesses."


Cummings had assistance from HTA past President Stan Green from Growforth Nurseries, HTA Council Representative for Scotland, Simon Fraser from Ben Reid Garden Centre, Dougal Philip from New Hopetoun Gardens and Carolyn Spray from Pentland Plants.  They discussed the benefits of horticulture in combatting social isolation, horticulture in education and the Love the Plot You’ve Got campaign.

 Last month SNP MPs stopped a garden industry-supported plant to extend Sunday trading.


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