Sunflower in blue pot suggested for Ukraine

Consultant Neville Stein says a dwarf sunflower grown in a blue pot, to replicate the colours of the Ukrainian flag, could raise money for those hit by the war with Russia.


Porters Fuchsias is looking at producing yellow and blue planters to help the cause.

Gardening Express has been shipping aid to Ukraine. Owner Chris Bonnett said: "We have had well wishes from across the globe, even suppliers in China that have seen our efforts support us, so thank you - if you're not local want to help us buy the supplies of aid needed so we can ship them out, please donate here:

He is also looking for a warehouse in the Maidstone area to help another Ukraine aid point and to help international students stuck in Sumy city in Ukraine.

Seeds of Italy's Paolo Arrigo is also in eastern Europe, delivering aid. He said: "Just got back from the Ukranian border, the situation is desperate. I’m going back. Short piece for TV (251) My car trip to the Polish Ukraine  border. Aid out, Refugees Back. 3.3.2022 - YouTube my aim was to go in a car not a van. Plenty are taking needed aid, but we are rescuing refugees, I picked up three amazing people, kids same age as mine, took them to safety to a friend in south Poland, very emotional. Going back, with some aid, getting more. This is a Dunkirk moment.

"I have a small crowdfunder. Aid Out / Refugees Back - a Personal Causes crowdfunding project in Harrow by Paolo Arrigo ("

Planet Gardening has a peace rose for Ukraine available that could riase £25,000 for the invasion-hit country.

Deco-Pak has sent several pallets of essentials to those in war-torn Ukraine. The pallets include essential toiletries and basic necessities.

Craig Hall, director at Deco-Pak, said: “There was no way we could see the events that are taking place in Ukraine without stepping up and doing what we can. We are lucky in that we have many existing partnerships with haulage companies and the Ukrainian community so have been able to react quickly and get essentials on the road to those at the heart of the conflict.

“Providing help to those most vulnerable is something we hope others in our community might consider doing and, if they do, we’d happily share our insight. We firmly believe that anything we can do together, no matter how little it might feel, to help those facing such a humanitarian crisis is worth trying."

On Sunday 13 March, Batsford Arboretum in Gloucestershire will be donating 50% of their proceeds to the UK Disaster and Emergencies Committee (DEC) to help those affected by the conflict in Ukraine.

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