Broch flower show could be the last

Mr Matthews preparing to welcome everyone to last years Fraserburgh and District Horticultural show
Mr Matthews preparing to welcome everyone to last years Fraserburgh and District Horticultural show

This year’s Fraserburgh and District Horticultural show could be the last.

That was the stark warning from Bill Matthew, well-known north east gardener and president of Fraserburgh and District Horticultural Society.

Mr Matthew told the Herald this week that both the group and the show are in crisis:.

“We will not be able to continue without more volunteers and that means young people taking an active interest,” he said.

He pointed to the fact that by far the majority of the society’s active members were over the age of retirement.

“The society has been on the go since just after World War II, but it is now under serious threat. We simply must have volunteers to come forward otherwise it will cease.

“As a keen gardener, I would not like to see that happen, but we may be left with no alternative,” he said.

Mr Matthew also appealed for any local company to help with some form of sponsorship.

“It costs about £1,000 to hold the show every year, so we would welcome any form of sponsorship,” he added.

The president accepted that the current climate was a difficult one, but believes that the annual show must be saved.

He urged anyone interested in helping the society either as a volunteer or with financial assistance to call him on 541382.

This year’s show will be held on September 10 in the town’s Dalrymple Hall. There are no restrictions on entrants with everyone welcome to participate and sections for novices and senior citizens.

To enter the show contact Mr Matthew on (01346) 541382.