HORTICULTURE AT A TIME OF CRISIS

Dianthus ‘Alan Titchmarsh’ and friends

Alan is to be congratulated for his public support for the world of horticulture. Small, often specialist, nurseries have somehow managed to survive periods of crisis in past years. In many ways, in the present turmoil, things seem much more difficult for all small businesses. Plant lovers need their favourite nurseries and we hope they will be with us for years ahead.

Problems for horticulture stretch far beyond the worries for nurseries and garden centres. Gardens which open to the public and raise money for charities are only just now opening on a limited scale. Worse still, charities who help finance horticultural students will have vastly reduced incomes to help with the expense of courses and such things as work experience.

The next generations of skilled professional growers and gardeners are of vital importance to the survival of our world of plants as we now enjoy it.

the Percy Picton Memorial Fund helps such people with their training expenses, if they are in Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and the Stratford upon Avon district of Warwickshire.

REMEMBER HOW MANY BEAUTIFUL GARDENS THESE AREAS HAVE ?

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