Scottish minister promotes horticulture industry at Edinburgh HTA event

Keynote speaker Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham MSP, the reception brought together the horticulture industry to celebrate the contributions horticulture has for health, education and communities in Scotland.

Roseanna Cunningham
Roseanna Cunningham

The Horticultural Trades Association and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh hosted the reception outside the Temperate Palm House of Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. 

As well as industry speakers, the reception included representatives from throughout the industry who hosted interactive stands throughout the event. Attendees also had the exclusive opportunity to tour the gardens and experience the Botanic Garden’s edible garden after hours.

Cunningham said: "I was delighted to speak at such an important event. The horticulture industry has important benefits for the environment, the economy and beyond in Scotland. Horticulture also plays a key role in health, education, tourism and communities throughout our country and I feel very proud to be able to celebrate its contribution in such beautiful surroundings."

Three million adults in Scotland (72 per cent) have a garden or allotment.

Neil Cummings, HTA Scotland Regional Business Manager, added: "The benefits of horticulture are clear and we are delighted that so many people joined us to celebrate the role horticulture plays in Scottish society. To ensure future generations continue to reap these benefits, the HTA have organised a panel of industry leaders from the Scottish horticulture sector, to develop policy recommendations that we hope will work alongside the Scottish Government to ensure the horticulture industry continues to thrive in Scotland."

David Knott, Curator of Living Collections at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh said: "The Royal Botanic Garden is delighted to work with the HTA to host such an important event that celebrates horticulture and further promotes the benefits the industry brings to Scotland."

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