Mr Fothergill's launches charity seeds as seedsmen look ahead to 2017

Mr Fothergill's launches Greenfingers and Chelsea pensioner sweetpeas at annual open day in Kentford, Suffolk.

Sweetpea Greenfingers
Sweetpea Greenfingers

'Scarlet Tunic' will replace the pensioner poppy, which has raised £53,000 in three years for the Royal Hospital.

Sweet Pea Greenfingers could raise £2,500 in its first year with average sales.

Mr Fothergill's reported flat like-for-like sales picking up with late mail order orders. Business gains from Tillington helped overall sales grow. The company also has high hopes for Homebase under new owners Wesfarmers, as it is Wesfarmers'-owned Bunnings Australasian supplier and currently supplies Homebase too.

The Suffolk seedsmen also had Jekka McVicar present her Johnsons' herb range, with McVicar saying native UK herbs are on the rise. She said celery leaf and angelica were good upcoming herbs.

The Garlic Farm launched he Caulk Wight garlic bulb in the seedmen's new ranges.

Also new was Johnsons' Exhbition onion, produced by David Kerley.

Johnsons has a new 'cottage garden' selection and new-look Little Gardeners range. A new sweetcorn is Amaize F1.

Sarah Ruggeri won the Capel Manor/Mr Fothergill's best student prize.

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