Perennial supports HTA at Scottish Parliament reception

Perennial is attending a Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) reception at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh today (27 May 2015). The event has been organised to raise awareness among MSPs of the diverse nature of the horticulture industry in Scotland  and to promote the many ways the horticulture and gardening sector can be supported.

HTA member Noel Allan of Galloway Heathers has produced beautiful handmade heather buttonholes for the event. Members of Parliament attending the reception will be asked to wear them to demonstrate their support for Scottish horticulture.

Confirmed speakers include keynote speaker, Aileen McLeod MSP, Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Dr Richard Simpson MSP, who is a Patron of the therapeutic gardening charity, Trellis, and Christine Grahame MSP, event sponsor.

Over 260 guests have confirmed their attendance at the reception, which will take place this evening from 6pm until 8pm in the Garden Lobby of the Scottish Parliament.

Kate O’Shea, Development Manager at Perennial, will be at the event to give MSPs information about how Perennial helps all UK horticulturists in times of need. With a full-time Caseworker in Scotland, Perennial is the only charity dedicated to helping all those who work in or are retired from horticulture when times get tough.

HTA Chief Executive and Perennial Trustee Carol Paris comments,

“This event provides us with the opportunity to demonstrate the importance of horticulture in Scotland and the role it plays across many aspects of our lives to a parliamentary audience. The HTA has an increasing presence in Scotland, with the recruitment of Neil Cummings as Regional Business Manager for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland last year, as well as involvement in Gardening Scotland and increasing public affairs activity to ensure that members’ issues are heard.”

HTA President Stan Green added,

“Scotland has an amazing horticultural heritage – from internationally renowned parks, public and private gardens with many societies and community groups to boot. We are all waking up to the importance of horticulture in our daily lives in Scotland, individually substantial, but collectively hugely significant. What better place to come, than the Scottish Parliament to collectively celebrate the importance of plants in our lives, and most importantly how we can build on this privileged inheritance going forward.”

For the full story, visit the HTA website here.

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Tel: 0118 930 3132