UK industry gets green light to take part in Antalya Garden Expo

A British garden at Antalya Garden Expo in Turkey could be a precursor for a 2024 UK Garden Expo, that will fulfil an Ornamental Action Plan ask and promote UK horticulture to a new audience.

HTA horticulture head Raoul Curtis-Machin said: "The industry is delighted that the UK government has given the official diplomatic go-ahead for the industry to design, build and promote a garden at the Antalya expo. The co-funding and support offered by the Antalya Expo organisers will enable us to showcase UK skills, products and creative talent on a global stage.

"The HTA will be the lead organiser for this, as they are the lead on the commercial section of the roundtable action plan."

AIPH secretary general Tim Briercliffe said: "To participate in an A1 Expo you need government approval and Government has given that approval. Now it depends on the industry to lead the project, pull together a team and deliver it.

"It's very good news because if the UK is interested in n Expo in the future to be participating in others now is very worthwhile. It's an opportunity to promote Uk horticulture. A show garden that has got to last six months at temperatures up to 50 C."
He said a 500sqm-2000sqm garden could cost £500,000-£1m. A garden designer would need to be appointed. A British-themed garden is expected to be the brief. Antalya Expo begins in April 2016.

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