Garden and greenhouse attraction up for awards

Garden and greenhouse enthusiasts could see a famous Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) attraction honoured in a forthcoming competition.

According to the organisation, Garden Harlow Carr has been shortlisted for the Welcome To Yorkshire Tourism Awards in the Large Visitor Attraction category.

The site, which is marking its 60th anniversary this year, could have further reason to celebrate after it was revealed that it has also been nominated for a Sustainable Tourism Award.

Head of the garden attraction Liz Thwaite explained that even to be considered for these gongs is a "massive honour" in a great year for Harlow Carr.

"All the staff work incredibly hard to keep this garden special and we are constantly looking at new ways to improve the visitor experience," she said.

The expert added that the new Bramall Learning Centre is one of the UKs greenest and a good example of how committed the RHS is to the environment.

Ms Thwaite noted that it was hoped the new attraction would encourage others to follow in the garden and greenhouse centres green footsteps.

In other news, the RHS has recently announced its 2011 trials list, which includes 14 new plant groups.