Nurseryman Donald Frampton dies, aged 85

Tributes have been paid to grower Donald Frampton who died on 1 December, aged 85. He was awarded a CBE in 1974 for his contribution to the horticulture industry, in which he worked for 60 years.

After his distinguished service in the Air Force during World War Two he joined the family business, Framptons Nurseries, and became a leading figure in the West Sussex Growers' Association and on various committees at the NFU.

Shortly after retiring from his role as chairman of Framptons Nurseries he helped sons Colin and Alan set up Donaldsons Flowers.

However, he is best known for being one of the first nurserymen in the UK to manipulate light levels to grow chrysanthemums during the 1950s and was growing them year round eight years before the Dutch.

Son and co-owner of Sussex-based Donaldsons Flowers Colin Frampton said: "He worked tirelessly for the industry. His wonderful personality and enthusiasm enabled him to communicate outstandingly well across all social levels."

His wife Kathleen survives him together with three sons, and a daughter from his first marriage.

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