One of the UK’s newest grow-your-own events has fallen victim to the economic gloom.
The Grow Your Own Show, which was due to take place at Loseley Park in Surrey on
6-7 May, has been cancelled.
Top gardening celebrities had been booked for the fruit and veg extravaganza, including Gardeners’ World presenter Joe Swift and The Edible Garden star Alys Fowler.
The first Grow Your Own Show had been due to launch in 2010 but failed to get off the ground due to the recession.
It finally went ahead last May, attracting 3,500 visitors.
“I am absolutely confident this is just a blip, and we plan to be back in 2013,” event director Dianne Clifford said.
“Things are extremely tough out there and people are finding it very hard to part with money.
“This is purely down to the economic climate and is not to do with grow-your-own, which remains very popular,” Dianne insisted.
Organisers struggled to sign up enough exhibitors for the event. Just 65-70 had been booked. But last year’s launch, starring Pippa Greenwood, had over 100 stands.
A statement from organisers said: “Naturally, we are hugely disappointed, particularly given the exciting content programme that we had put together.”
The show was supported by the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners (NSALG) and the National Trust, and was affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society.
NSALG national secretary Donna McDaid said: “This is a shame – it will be missed.
“While it is good to have events that are dedicated to-grow-your own, they face competition from RHS shows which now encompass a lot of grow-your-own.”
Donna said competition from the Edible Garden Show, which is backed by the Daily Mirror and took place at Stoneleigh on 16-18 March, could also have affected the Grow Your Own Show.