Bournemouth justifies spending on show

Bournemouth Borough Council has said that spending £38,000 on RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show garden is "peanuts" compared to the publicity the tourist town will receive.

Nursery manager Chris Evans said of the Silver Gilt-winning A Very Victorian Fantasy: "Councils still have the horticultural skills to create a real wow. Through our previous showing in RHS competitions, we know we can get exposure, so the council gave funding. It's a PR exercise showing what Bournemouth can offer."

He added: "We have one of the top parks departments in the country and we want visitors. The cost is peanuts in comparison to the exposure on the opening shot on Gardeners' World."

Parks director Gary Josey said: "What better training and team building for staff could there be?" See for full Hampton Court coverage.

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