NFU takes Chelsea gold with best of British produce display

The NFU has bagged a 17th Gold Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show for its stand designed by frequent collaborator Penny Riley, and exhibited in collaboration with supermarket Waitrose.

Chris Hartfield with the NFU stand - image:HW
Chris Hartfield with the NFU stand - image:HW

"We are saying, ‘this is what British growers are growing now’ – it’s a snapshot of the diversity of what’s available," said NFU horticulture advisor Chris Hartfield.

"A lot of Chelsea is quite aspirational. But all this – peppers, flowers – you can get from your local store or market."

The stand promotes the union's Farming Delivers for Britain campaign, while the British theme is emphasised with a map of the British Isles made out of plants.

For the first time the stand is designed to allow visitors to wander through it. "It means we can engage people a bit more," Hartfield added.

[updated Tue 21 May 10:30am] 


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