DCMS Committee recommends UK Garden Cities programme 9/8/2019

The DCMS Committee has recommended that the Government should create a UK Garden City programme, comparable to the existing City of Culture biennial event. It said that the programme should be based around garden tourism, worth £3bn in 2017, and have a strong arts component. In its wider report on garden tourism, the Committee suggests that although there’s a strong component of artistry in garden design, it tends to be excluded from the arts sector. It also suggests that “museums could proactively promote the history of gardens and plant collections, but ensure the narrative is told in a more modern and relevant way than perhaps has previously happened”. The Committee has recommended a year of research and consultation with a view to opening a competition before the end of 2020. Arts Professional, Parliament.uk