On Monday 29 March 2018, BALI’s Chief Executive Wayne Grills joined 27 leading organisations and businesses in Scotland to present The Scottish Horticulture Action Plan to Scottish parliament. As a withstanding member of the Horticulture Panel, Wayne has been instrumental in the creation of the document. The Plan focuses on five key areas where horticulture has a significant role to play. The areas are Education, Health/Well-Being, Environment, Economy and Tourism.
By 2022, the aim is to:
- Ensure all school children have the opportunity to grow plants and garden, to learn more about the environment and understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle;
- Develop an attractive web portal for careers promotion, nurturing our skills pipeline alongside other land-based career options;
- Increase our economic contribution by half a million pounds and create 300 new jobs;
- Develop proven low-cost horticulture-based solutions to treating mental health and other health challenges;
- Ensure more Scottish-grown trees and plants are used in public procurement projects by engaging sooner in the process;
- Support communities to create community gardens in areas where they do not currently exist;
- Hosting a National Gardening Week to promote garden tourism in Scotland
To download a copy of The Scottish Horticulture Action Plan, click here.