Whilst the Prime Minister’s announcement on the 22nd February and the Government’s Roadmap to ease Covid-19 restrictions were positive and welcomed, there is still a high-level of uncertainty about the ongoing global pandemic and what statutory Covid restrictions will still be in place in August for large scale, high-capacity mass gatherings like the Shrewsbury Flower Show. The Prime Minister stressed that the dates set out in the roadmap are indicative of “no earlier than” dates and that he is being driven by data and not dates. As these dates are wholly contingent on the data and are subject to change if the four tests are not met, the timeline of the roadmap is not guaranteed.
In view of so many uncertainties during these turbulent times, the Shropshire Horticultural Society has reached the very difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Shrewsbury Flower Show due to be held on Friday 13th & Saturday 14th August. This decision has not been taken lightly and is based on the fact that the risk is simply too great for the event to be held this year. It would be an enormous health & safety, operational and financial gamble to the Society, which as a charity we would be unable to justify. The safety of all those involved is of our utmost concern. Therefore, the Society’s priority has to be to safeguard the viability of the event for future years and by not holding an event this year and running such risks, it will enable the Shrewsbury Flower Show to return in 2022.
The Society will be in touch with all its Members, ticket holders, exhibitors, traders and volunteers in the forthcoming weeks. In the meantime, I would like to thank you all for your patience. We will be holding a virtual event over the course of the 13th & 14th August. Follow our social media channels and website for further information over the coming weeks and months.
For more details of the 2022 Shrewsbury Flower Show which will be held on
Friday 12th & Saturday 13th August, please check the website www.shrewsburyflowershow.org.uk later in the year.