The Trustees of the Cornwall Garden Society have announced a new venue for its 2019 Spring Flower Show as well as a new look and a new team to lead its transformation, following a comprehensive review of the event’s essential elements.
The Show, which has earned its reputation as ‘the Chelsea of the South West’, will be held at the Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April 2019.
“Whilst the Trustees were mindful of the unique qualities and glorious setting of Boconnoc – the Show’s venue for many years – and are immensely grateful to the Fortescue family for allowing the CGS to stage it there, we have reached the unanimous conclusion that it is the right time to move on,” explains CGS Chairman, Sir Robert Owen. “Although this year’s Spring Flower Show was successful in many ways, the problems we experienced with car parking due to the exceptionally wet winter and heavy rain on the preceding Friday night adversely affected attendance and the charity’s income. At the Royal Cornwall Showground, we will not be so weather dependent and there will be ample parking on hard standing. As importantly, having use of the Exhibition Hall and Show Ring will provide us with an exciting opportunity to rethink the Show whilst preserving its distinctive and popular features.”
The Trustees have appointed former CGS Chairman, Andrew Leslie to the role of Show Committee Chairman and Dickie Trant as its Show Director.
“We have every confidence in Andrew, Dickie and the wider Show Committee to take full advantage of the facilities offered at the Royal Cornwall Showground and orchestrate an outstanding event in the fine tradition of previous Spring Flower Shows,” adds Sir Robert.
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