Gardening will not benefit from Scottish independence, says MP

Independence would be bad for gardening was the consensus of opinion at Gardening Scotland, ahead of the big vote on 18 September.

All Party Gardening and Horticulture Group secretary Brian Donohoe, the Central Ayrshire MP, said that - with Beechgrove Garden now on the BBC UK-wide and Britain in Bloom winners including the likes of Aberdeen - Scotland was a "beacon" for gardening, and did not need independence to help it.

"The horticulture industry requires a strong UK government to be able to stand up to Europe. I don't believe a separate Scotland would be capable of that. It would have to roll over to everything coming out of Europe."

Perennial garden designer Amber Goudy said: "Independence would have a negative impact because the economy would struggle. The garden design industry only works when people have money to spend on their gardens, and the economy would take a hit, the same as in a recession."

And Rumbling Bridge owner Graeme Paton said: "I'm for independence in a political sense but in a horticulture sense the Scottish government has never paid any great attention to horticulture. They've done nothing to reverse the decline in Scotland."

B&Q owner Kingfisher chief executive Sir Ian Cheshire said independence would mean a "pause" in Scottish investment by Kingfisher.

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