Industry mourns bedding and tomato grower

The ornamental plant sector has been saddened by the death of respected bedding plant and tomato grower Peter Robinson, 69, earlier this month.

Tributes have been paid to a "generous giant of a man", who started work at Stockport-based family nursery W Robinson & Sons in the 1950s. He was involved in the company's expansion in the 1960s, when the focus became tomatoes and bedding plants.

Robinson was chairman of his local NFU branch from 1969-1970. He was "very generous with his time and ideas" for the North West group of the British Bedding & Pot Plant Association (now known as British Protected Ornamentals Association), according to friend and fellow grower Brian Crosby.

For the past six years, Robinson had been chairman of the Quality Ornamentals Marketing Group.

Crosby said: "Peter was giant of a man in more ways than one - in his younger days he was in a tug-of-war team in the Amateur Athletics Association (AAA) championships."

He added: "Peter has been an inspiration to many growers in the North West in the way he has developed W Robinson & Sons with the latest technology and modern growing methods. He will be sadly missed by all in the industry."

He is survived by wife Ann, daughter Sandra and sons Peter and William. His sons will continue to run the nursery.

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