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Paulina Rzeszotarska Added to Mr Fothergill’s Marketing Team

March 21st, 2017 | News | 0 Comments

Paulina Rzeszotarska - Mr Fothergills Paulina Rzeszotarska has joined Mr Fothergill’s as Retail Marketing Executive. She comes to us, to work on the Mr Fothergill’s brand, from the toy manufacturer Schleich UK where she was Marketing Administrator. Prior to this Paulina studied at the University of Huddersfield where she gained an MSc in Marketing after graduating with a BA in English Translation in Poland.

Announcing the appointment, Mr Fothergill’s Marketing Manager Ian Cross said “This is a new role in our marketing department and Paulina will add something extra to our capabilities. She will contribute to all aspects of our marketing activity in the UK and abroad and her recent experience will be a great asset to us. Her passion for languages and photography will also be welcome in the department!”

Mr Fothergill’s Go Green for Garden Re-leaf Day

March 20th, 2017 | News | 0 Comments

Garden Re-leaf Day 2017 - Mr Fothergills

With a team of seven walkers on the Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Walk on 17th March, staff back in the Mr Fothergill’s offices and seed rooms didn’t want to be outdone and came to work wearing some kind of green to support the charity day.

Contributions to the cause were made by those who wore green and by those who chose not to! An array of cakes were also made and purchased for Greenfingers.

By the end of the day the figure raised by Mr Fothergill’s was over £3300 and still rising.

Mr Fothergill’s joint MD, David Carey, commented “It’s great that the whole Mr Fothergill’s team wanted to get involved supporting Greenfingers. It’s such a magnificent cause and we’re pleased to do our bit. On a personal level my legs wish I had dressed up in the office rather than do the walk!”

David continued that “it doesn’t end on Garden Re-Leaf Day as sales of the company’s Greenfingers sweet pea contribute 25p to the charity for every packet sold throughout the year”.

If you’d like to still donate to the Garden Re-leaf Day Walk, then you can here for a limited time on the Mr Fothergill’s Just Giving page.

 

Cambridge Science Festival Exhibit: Low Allergy Gardening

March 10th, 2017 | News | 0 Comments

Science Festival Exhibit - Planting low allergy sunflower seedsLow allergy gardening is the theme this year for an exhibition at this year’s Cambridge Science Festival.   Many people across the UK suffer from hay fever which can keep them out of the garden.

Two consultants at Addenbrooke’s Hospital Public Health England Laboratory are teaming up with Mr Fothergill’s Seeds to put on an interactive educational exhibit at this year’s Cambridge Science Festival in the Guildhall on 18th and 19th March.  The exhibit is also sponsored by The Royal College of Pathologists.

The theme of the exhibit is “Hay Fever – Not to be sneezed at!” and the aim is to discuss the scientific causes of allergies and how you can prevent them by choosing plants with no or low amounts of pollen for your garden.

Mr Fothergill’s are providing sunflower seeds specially bred to have no pollen and visitors will be invited to plant some seeds and take them home to grow.  Other activities will include drawing low allergy flowers onto fridge magnets.

Dr Tim Wreghitt said “We hope we can provide visitors with scientific and practical advice on allergies and how to reduce the risks of respiratory allergies.” The organisers have published a book “Low Allergy Gardening” to accompany the exhibit, which can be found at lag-book.co.uk.

You can find our Sunflower Magic Roundabout F1 seeds on the website, these are a pollen-free variety.

Tomato Red Bodyguard F1 remains exclusive after impressive show in Mr Fothergill’s Trial

February 16th, 2017 | News, The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Tomato Red Bodyguard F1 “Outstanding in every respect” is how Mr Fothergill’s technical manager Alison Mulvaney describes the company’s British-bred tomato Red Bodyguard F1, as she reveals its exclusivity is being extended for a second season in 2017. “Once again it was trouble-free to grow, and produced a heavy crop of really tasty, succulent beefsteak fruits in our 2016 trial”, she reports. “In addition, several of our team grew it in their own greenhouses at home last year, and were equally impressed as we were by the plants in our trial”.

Tomato Red Bodyguard F1The tomato derives its rather unusual name from a book written about the beneficial properties of the tomato. “The Red Bodyguard: The Amazing Health-promoting Properties of the Tomato” by Ron Levin is published in its third edition by IRIS (International) Ltd. Ron’s daughter-in-law Sarah Levin contacted Mr Fothergill’s to see if a new tomato might be named in honour of her father-on-law’s 90th birthday. The company read Ron’s book and liked the idea.

Tomato Red Bodyguard F1 is the result of various crosses made by renowned breeder Simon Crawford using seed harvested from Mr Fothergill’s trial ground. The result is an indeterminate, early cropping, high yielding, new strain, with some resistance to late blight, which produces medium-sized, juicy, delicious and aromatic fruits.

Ron Levin, a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, was intrigued by the World Health Organisation’s promotion of eating portions of fruit and vegetables a day, and wondered whether some were better than others for human health. He read hundreds of studies on tomatoes, and the more he read the more he was convinced of the remarkable properties of the tomato. “The ripe red tomato is surely a health gift from Nature”, says Ron. It was this huge amount of research which spurred him to write “The Red Bodyguard” in the hope of making as many people as possible aware of it.

Tomato Red Bodyguard F1A packet of 10 seeds of tomato Red Bodyguard F1 costs £1.99. It is available from garden centres and other retail outlets throughout the UK, and from Mr Fothergill’s mail order catalogue. Seed can be sown from February to April. The plants require support, the removal of side-shoots, and should be grown in a greenhouse or polytunnel.

Mr Fothergill’s Lightning Seeds Walk For Garden Re-Leaf Day 2017

January 31st, 2017 | News | 0 Comments

We are hoping gardeners throughout the UK will support a team of seven of its staff – the self-styled Lightning Seeds – who will be undertaking a 20-mile walk on Friday, 17 March to help raise funds for the Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day. Many of our stockists also support Greenfingers, the charity dedicated to creating magical gardens for children’s hospices.

lightning seedsMr Fothergill’s team comprises Samantha Broadway, David Carey, Ian Cross, Tim Jeffries, Richard Keegan, Alison Mulvaney and Alison Roberts. To donate, please go to the JustGiving page to donate.

We have also pledged 25p to Greenfingers for every packet of its newly launched, exclusive sweet pea Greenfingers, 20 seeds priced at £2.45, the company sells through its retailers and mail order catalogue, and hopes gardeners will want to grow it this summer.

David Carey commented “The prospect of the walk is a little daunting, but we are delighted to lend our weight to such a worthwhile cause – and by launching sweet pea Greenfingers as well, we hope we can raise the charity’s profile with our customers, Britain’s gardeners and the garden trade, not just on Garden Re-Leaf Day, but throughout the year”.

Sweet pea Greenfingers has an old-fashioned grandiflora flower form and the strong, memorable scent associated with those types in their Victorian heyday; its blooms are a rich cream with a delicate wire rim or picotée of pale violet. The climber is well suited to both garden display and as a cut flower, when its fragrance fills a room.
About Greenfingers
Greenfingers is a national charity dedicated to supporting the children who spend time in hospices around the UK, along with their families, by creating inspiring gardens for them to relax in and enjoy. The Charity makes beautiful, well-designed outdoor spaces for children to share with family, friends and siblings, whether through play and fun, or therapeutic rest and relaxation. To date Greenfingers Charity has created 51 such gardens and outdoor spaces, and has a further waiting list of hospices that need its help.

For more information on our range of seeds you can visit the website here, or to request a catalogue please fill out the form here.