The Gardeners’ Union of Wales is calling on Welsh councils to be more proactive in supporting gardeners and encourage more gardens to be opened for the public.
The organisation, which represents more than 5,000 gardeners, said the Welsh Government should support a change in the law which makes it legal for people to open gardens for the first time in the UK.
“It is important that gardens are not just for tourists, but also for our own people,” said Rachael Cairns, the general secretary of the association.
She said gardeners were particularly vulnerable to disease and poor soil conditions, as well as the risk of becoming infected.
Gardens can be open for a maximum of six weeks a year, which means that a gardener could open up a garden for six months.
In recent years, some gardeners have opened up their gardens, such as in the south Wales town of Ceredigion.
It is estimated that some 1,000 gardens are open in the region each year.
There are currently 2,700 gardeners in Wales and there are more than 2,000 open gardens in Wales.
However, gardeners say the legislation needs to be tightened. “
This is why I’m calling for a nationwide garden opening scheme that makes it possible for people of all ages and backgrounds to open their gardens.”
However, gardeners say the legislation needs to be tightened.
Some gardeners fear that the law will encourage gardeners to be open longer than necessary, and they have raised concerns about potential problems with mould, disease and pesticides.
They are also worried that opening up a gardening space could make it harder for garden services to open up and offer the gardeners the support they need.
According to the Government, opening up gardens could be worth more than £30 million a year.