Sowing seeds for hospice

March 03 2017

ENTHUSIASTIC plot holders at Hillside Allotments will be busy in their greenhouses over the next few weeks raising plants from seed for a special charity sale in Hanham.

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ENTHUSIASTIC plot holders at Hillside Allotments will be busy in their greenhouses over the next few weeks raising plants from seed for a special charity sale in Hanham.

The green-fingered men and women at the allotment site in St George will sell their wares at the St Peter’s Hospice shop in the High Street.

Ron Heath, from Hillside Allotments, said: "Raising as many plants as possible ourselves will reduce our costs considerably, ensuring we can pass maximum proceeds directly to the hospice. We have received fantastic donations of trays, compost and seeds so sowing can start immediately."

The sale takes place on Saturday May 27 which coincides with the end of Chelsea Flower Show. Organisers hope that the extensive television coverage of the show over previous days will inspire many who want to get out into their gardens and take advantage of the plants on offer.

Ron added: "Our dedicated team of growers are planning a wide range of vegetable and flower plants that can be grown on with ease for excellent results and we expect to have something for everyone.  

"However, for us to achieve a successful sale we need to advertise and the use of social media will be helpful in doing this. We’ll also be printing leaflets, which are extremely effective for distribution in the area.

"Producing leaflets is not hugely expensive but it is a cost nonetheless and the growers at Hillside are appealing to those with businesses or anyone who could offer a small donation towards this overhead. In return for a minimal sum, the allotments team will include the sponsor’s name on the leaflet."

Allotment holders say if the sale is a success it could be repeated next year. 

"If other traders in the High Street participated in some way, perhaps hosting floral displays in their windows, the event could prove very popular as well as colourful and could become our own 'Chelsea in Hanham Week'!" said Ron.

Anyone interested in sponsoring leaflets or making a small donation should call 0117 932 5852 or text Plant Sale to 07807 254984.