RHS Wisley sets out to break record visitor figures of 2009

Staff at RHS Wisley started the new year with a resolution to break its visitor number record set in 2009.

RHS Garden Wisley welcomed its one millionth customer of the year in December 2009, a record-breaking result.

Jenny Kingston from Guildford, who has been an RHS member for five years, was welcomed by chief curator Jim Gardiner and head of operations Michael Ballard.

Gardiner said: "2009 was a bumper year for Wisley. We introduced new events and horticultural displays that can be enjoyed by all ages, and new family attractions such as our Wild at Wisley play area and activity cards have really ensured that even young visitors can get up close to nature and learn about gardening.

"Next year we are looking forward to further development of the new Rose Garden, redesigning the garden entrance and the return of the hugely popular Butterflies in the Glasshouse in January. We look forward to welcoming at least another one million visitors in 2010."

Wisley gardens were forced to shut yesterday because of the snow, with visitors advised to check before travelling to the garden over the next few days.


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