Garden visitor numbers leap in July

Hertiage and botanic garden visitor numbers have jumped this summer by more than half against the same time last year after a slow start to the year.

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Kew Palmhouse

A Royal Botanic Gardens Kew representative said: "Our visitor figures for July were up 57 per cent compared to the same period last year. Our summer festival, IncrEdibles, has proved very popular, with close to 18,500 tickets sold so far for our Bompas & Parr Tutti Frutti boating lake experience. IncrEdibles continues into the Autumn, with new art installations, horticultural displays and behind-the-scenes science tours, all focussing on the fungi and pumpkins symbolic of the season."

National Botanic Garden of Wales representative David Hardy said: "Essentially last summer was a wash out and this summer is good and we are on target to reach our visitor targets for 2013.

"In the first two weeks of July this year we had twice the number of visitors as same time in 2012. A good sturdy set of figures in July are making up for a slow start in the spring.

"Carmarthenshire is surrounded by beaches and in this weather we see an increase in numbers. There are lots of family activities, such as the Vegetable Olympics. Attracting 600+ for a Wednesday in July is pretty good."

Eden Project representative David Rowe said: "It was a disappointing start to the year but it has picked up with the better weather."

Exbury Gardens marketing manager Vicky Scott said: "It was a cold start so it was slow to get going, below normal. But now we are just about where we were last year at 60,000. We hope it should pick up more in autumn as it’s a strong season for us."

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