The Dumfries and Galloway Gardens & Nurseries Association
was set up early in 2003. There are now 20 garden and nursery members,
and a further 3 members with an interest in actively promoting horticulture
in the region. The association has a formal constitution recognised
by the three public bodies in Dumfries and Galloway (the council,
the Tourist Board (DGTB) and the regional enterprise group). We
rely on making use of the collective skills, experience, contacts
and time of our members.
We have made good progress to date. Achievements include:
Organising a very successful plant fair at Threave Gardens
last June, which attracted 2,500 people. Two similar events are
being organised for Threave (June) and Logan (August) in 2004.
Closer liaison with the Tourist Board. As a recognised group,
we have raised the profile and importance of gardens, and have influenced
the 2004 Gardens in Bloom Guide and PR campaigns.
This professionally constructed website (www.scotlands-garden.org.uk).
Commitment to take a promotional stand at the Scotland Garden
Show at Ingliston, Edinburgh, in June.
Provision of unified advice and experience to the Galloway
Garden Festival committee.
Circulation of a pack of promotional leaflets to prominent
garden writers as well as many bi-lateral agreements and intangible
benefits arising from closer working relationships.
Aims of the Association
The purpose of the Association is to promote the gardens and nurseries
of Dumfries and Galloway for the benefit of visitors and the local
In furtherance of the above, the Association shall:
Work with tourist organisations and other agencies to disseminate
information about the gardens and nurseries of the region.
Provide an informed horticultural 'voice', to present the
opinions and needs of the Association's members, to administrative
bodies and other interested parties.
Share information between members and co-ordinate activities
within the Association to the mutual benefit of its members and
the wider community.
Encourage the pursuit of gardening and garden-visiting within
the region and nationally.
Actively seek funding and other support to develop the horticultural
economy of the region
Qualification for Membership
Membership is open to those involved in the ownership or management
of horticultural establishments in Dumfries and Galloway, open to
the public, and to those with an interest in the horticultural development
of the region. An annual membership fee of £10, to cover running
expenses, will be due at the start of each financial year. If you
would be interested in becoming a member, please contact any of
the officials in the table below.
Officials for year April 2003 to March 2004
Wickenden (Cally Gardens)
Vice-chairman: Susan McClelland
Treasurer: Rob Asbridge (Buckland
Secretary: David Roberts (Woodfall
Committee Member: Val Smith (Cairnsmore