Mr Fothergill’s Raises Over £70,000 for Royal Hospital Chelsea from Sales of Poppy Victoria Cross

2018 is the hundredth anniversary of the end of World War I (1914-1918), and the Suffolk seedsman continues to support the Royal Hospital Chelsea (RHC). Mr Fothergill’s is delighted to announce that we have raised £73,000 for the charity since the first year of our partnership in 2014.

There are 1,000 stockists of the counter-top display units of fund-raising Poppy Victoria Cross around the UK, including Blue Diamond, Kew Gardens, RHS Gardens, QD stores and many leading garden centres. Mr Fothergill’s pledges 25p to the Royal Hospital’s charity for every packet of seed sold.

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Commercial Director, Tim Jeffries, said: “We are proud to be supporting the Royal Hospital Chelsea and pleased to see so many gardeners joining with us to do that. While the centenary of World War I draws to a close in 2018, our close links with the RHC will see us supporting their important work for many years to come.”

Poppy Victoria Cross is a popular choice among gardeners and makes a fitting remembrance symbol with its bold white ‘crosses’ across single red flowers. Easy to grow and quick to flower from a spring sowing, this form of Papaver somniferum is ideal for informal borders and cottage garden settings. Its distinctive ‘pepper-pot’ seedheads are also useful in dried arrangements when flowering ends.

Established in 1682 by Charles II to provide a safe home for military veterans ‘broken by age or war’, the Christopher Wren-designed Royal Hospital admitted its first pensioners in 1692. The scarlet tunics and black tricorns of its residents and the Royal Horticultural Society’s Flower Show held in the Royal Hospital grounds every May are equally well known and respected around the world.

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Poppy Victoria Cross seeds are available from garden retailers, www.mr-fothergills.co.uk and the Mr Fothergill’s Seed Catalogue. RRP £2.10 for 250 seeds.

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