Industry figures welcomed Chelsea 2007 as a springboard for a second rush for the gardening industry this season.
HTA director David Gwyther said that after a few weeks’ lull, Chelsea would help sales increase again if the weather improved. He added: “This is an exemplar of the best in British horticulture. It’s good to see the public out there reminding the gardening media that gardening has not gone away. It would be nice if the media caught up with that.”
UK shadow levy board horticulture sector company interim chairman and former RHS director general Andrew Colquhoun said: “It’s been really good to see the horticultural trade making the most of the opportunities of the spring’s good weather with trade coming back after three difficult seasons.”
Regarding this year’s show, he added: “The new arrangements taking the gardens off the rock bank are working very well without the congestion that has been a big issue with visitors in the past.”
But Brian Donohoe MP said: “I don’t like the fact they’ve moved the rock gardens. I’d asked the All-party Parliamentary Gardening & Horticulture Group to meet there.”
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