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DCMS Committee seeks evidence on the contribution of gardens to UK's economy and tourism

5 April 2019

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee is launching a short inquiry to explore how gardens contribute to UK tourism, the economy and to our national heritage.

Background

Research conducted by VisitBritain has found that a third of overseas tourists to the UK spent part of their trip at a park or garden, more than those who spent time at a museum, castle, historic house or art gallery.*

The Committee plan to hold an evidence session exploring the topics at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the end of May, which will be available to watch over livestream.

Terms of Reference

The Committee is seeking written evidence which addresses the following questions:

  • How can gardens across the UK be supported to attract visitors and to ensure their future sustainability?
  • What contribution do gardens and garden design make to domestic and international tourism?
  • How do gardens and garden design contribute to the creative economy?
  • How can garden design and landscaping best support community spaces and community connections?

Submitting evidence

The Committee invites evidence from the public, organisations and others with relevant expertise, on the terms of reference. The deadline for submitting evidence is Tuesday 7th May at 5pm.

Written evidence to the inquiry can be submitted via the evidence portal.

Each submission should:

  • be no more than 3,000 words in length
  • be in Word format with as little use of colour or logos as possible
  • have numbered paragraphs

Further information regarding submitting evidence to Committees: Guide to submitting evidence.

*Source: https://www.visitbritain.org/sites/default/files/vb-corporate/Documents-Library/documents/foresight_165_regional_activities.pdf

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