Rural Projects event organiser Martin Dare said: “There were fewer people here than last year, but we have to keep plugging away. We’ve had enough positive comments to make us feel it still has a role. HDC and ADAS want to do seminars again — they’ve been fairly successful.”
Show host Pentland Plants partner David Spray said: “It was OK, there were at least 400 visitors, but companies such as Clydesdale Trading Society — one of the main suppliers to the Scottish industry — didn’t come. The Scottish industry is so fragile and there are so few of us that we can’t afford to have the big guys not supporting it.”
Evesham Vale Propagators sales manager Ian Paterson said: “There’s been a few people but they’ve been keen amateurs, allotment holders — the quality is not here. Thirty-five exhibitors is not big show; people may think it’s too small, and when the weather’s nice they may decide they have better things to do.”
Rumbling Bridge Nursery co-owner Graeme Butler noted the absence of garden centres. He said: “There are lots of innovative ideas and products here. People should be coming and seeing them.”
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