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Gin and Brexit: a conversation about Britain

Being a proud Brit, JENNY ROWLAND, loves a beautiful garden and a cheeky gin. The two together make for a very special treat, so she was in her element at last week’s Visit Britain party.


With four themed gardens and free flowing gin at the stunning Calyx at Sydney’s Botanical Gardens, Visit Britain’s ‘Find your Great Britain’ campaign was an Anglophile’s paradise.


Red telephone boxes, liquorice all sorts, sausage rolls, cottage pie, Eton mess and quintessentially English blooms were everywhere.


Visit Britain Asia-Pacific director Tricia Warwick told a packed crowd that, “Australia is in the top five source markets for Britain”, staying longer than the average overseas visitor and exploring further into regional areas.


VB APMEA director Tricia Warwick


Next year sees the exciting opening of the Royal Horticultural Society’s ‘Bridgewater’, one of the largest horticultural projects ever undertaken and the top of Tricia’s bucket list. 


Thirty million sterling is being spent on a spectacular transformation of 156 acres (twice the size of Sydney’s botanical gardens) just outside Manchester. It will feature a walled kitchen garden twice the size of the opera house. 


“That’s a lot of herbs,” she joked. 


UK High Commissioner to Australia Victoria Treadell and Wollongong MP Paul Scully


We also heard from the British High Commissioner Vicki Treadall (who travels for gin and craft beer).


“Britain has such incredible heritage, beautiful countryside and great TV/movie locations. Harry Potter, Game of Thrones and with the new James Bond movie No Time to Die out next year and the weaker pound there’s no better time to visit”


With a nod to the dreaded B word she finished by saying, “Stonehenge isn’t dependent on deal or no deal”.


I’ll drink to that!



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Written by: Jenny Rowland
Published: 30 September 2019

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