Organisers plan a combined show to help boost interest

Scotgrow could become part of huge land-based industries show

Scotgrow may become part of a huge land-based industries show in Glasgow in 2005. Organiser Bill Romanis is in discussions with Glasgow City Council for a show to bring all sectors of Scottish agriculture and horticulture and environment groups together. This year’s Scotgrow, held at Pentland Plants near Edinburgh, last week, attracted 18 exhibitors, one-10th of its peak attendance. Romanis said: “We’re delighted to be able to keep the Scotgrow flag flying. But the days of 200-plus exhibitors are gone. But don’t tell me this is all Scottish horticulture can do.” He added that Glasgow City Council, the biggest in Scotland, is “certainly very keen” on a new show. Bringing the show back to August from October to attract garden centre buyers “didn’t get support”. Proposed ties to other events, including Scotsturf, proved impractical as they wanted to keep their independence. Romanis said: “Next year I hope there will be a new event that will benefit not just Scottish growers but the whole of the horticulture industry in Scotland. If we can get it up and running next year it will be the foundation for things to come.” He added he would be happy to continue organising the show at Pentland and the new show in Glasgow. The time of year and venue of the proposed event have yet to be decided.

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