Garden visitors enjoy sunshine

Visitors flock to gardens as the UK enjoys summer sun

Garden visitor numbers are up, but gardeners are getting hot and bothered in this month’s heatwave. One hotspot was the Royal Horticultural Society’s garden at Wisley, Surrey, which was the hottest place in the country on 15 July at 34°C and got even hotter on 5-6 August. Wisley marketing manager Sue Thompson said: “At the moment, the heat is not impacting on visitor numbers. Normally when it’s very hot they go down, but this week we’ve got more people coming, many of them on their holidays. “Garden staff are starting earlier and getting the heavy jobs, such as hedgetrimming, done very early. “The gardens themselves are holding up fine. We’re noticing that the apple crop is coming two weeks early. The flowers are fine. It’s bringing some on early and the sub-tropical borders are better than they have been for years.” A National Trust South East representative said: “Visitor numbers are generally up with it being the summer holidays, as well as with the great weather. People are enjoying the open spaces and activities.” National Trust South West communications officer Claire Bolitho said: “All our properties in Devon and Cornwall have had a sharp increase in visitors. Not everyone wants to be on the beach and our properties are a cool alternative

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