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We are Teaming up with the RHS to Send Seeds to Syrian Refugees

May 23rd, 2018 | News | 0 Comments

Hundreds of Syrian refugees from the Domiz Camp in Northern Iraq are benefiting from receiving 2,000 flower and vegetable seed packets, from Mr Fothergill’s Seeds.

Sent as part of a project set up by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and The Lemon Tree Trust, the seeds were specially chosen by 200 Syrian families, who despite living in difficult circumstances, hope to gain some joy from the benefits of gardening. The list was made up of varieties that would bring colour to the camp and could be grown in the harsh conditions, including marigolds, sunflowers, peppers and cucumbers.

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The delivery of seeds to the refugee camp is reminiscent of a similar act, a hundred years ago, when the RHS sent seeds to British prisoners of war in the Ruhleben camp in Germany. Both instances showing that gardening and plants can bring hope, comfort and sanctuary to those displaced by war.

Tim Jeffries, our Commercial Director commented “We were absolutely delighted to be able to help out the RHS and The Lemon Tree Trust by donating seeds from our ranges. We hope that they will provide some pleasure for those living in the difficult conditions of the Domiz Camp.”

‘The Lemontree Trust Garden’ designed by Tom Massey, is being showcased at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year and is inspired by the gardening in the Domiz Camp, where the seeds were sent.

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We are joining forces with BBC Children in Need

May 16th, 2018 | News | 0 Comments

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We are delighted to announce our new partnership with BBC Children in Need, to launch two seed packets for children – Sunflower Pudsey and Pumpkin Pudsey. For each packet sold, Mr Fothergill’s will donate 30p to BBC Children in Need, to help make a real difference to the lives of children all across the UK.

 

The bright and fun packets have an RRP of £1.99 each and are available as a compact counter top display unit of 40 packets or as a hot spot stand of 150 packets. Colourful and eye-catching POS is included on the displays, featuring the familiar Pudsey Bear character.

 

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BBC Children in Need believe that every child in the UK should have a childhood which is safe, happy and secure and allows them the chance to reach their potential. To help achieve their vision, they provide grants to projects in the UK which focus on children and young people who are disadvantaged. They currently support 2,400 of these projects.
Since 1980, over £800 million has been raised in aid of BBC Children in Need.
To find out more about the Mr Fothergill’s range, log on at www.mr-fothergills-trade.com or telephone 01638 554111.

Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day at Mr Fothergill’s

December 12th, 2014 | News | 0 Comments

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Staff at Mr Fothergill’s entered into the Christmas spirit on 12 December by each paying a fee of £2.00 for the privilege of wearing a Christmas-themed jumper to work.  The national Christmas Jumper Day initiative was set up by the Save the Children charity.

The event at Mr Fothergill’s was organised by Ben Roden, who commented that the company’s directors appeared to have the largest range of ‘tasteful’ knitwear.  The final total raised by Mr Fothergill’s staff will not be known until the proceeds of a raffle are included and counted.

RSPB and Mr Fothergill’s link up to Give Nature a Home

September 4th, 2014 | News, The flower garden | 0 Comments

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has joined forces with Mr Fothergill’s to offer its own retail range of seeds for the 2014-15 season to boost the charity’s ‘Give Nature a Home‘ campaign, which is inspiring families to create wildlife-friendly areas in their gardens.

RSPB Give Nature a HomeThe RSPB, the country’s largest nature conservation charity, is inspiring everyone to give nature a home, and has launched a television advertising campaign to make a greater number aware of the extent of its important work and emphasising this message.  The charity’s Geoff Brown said, “We regard our link to Mr Fothergill’s as an exciting opportunity to work with a company which shares the RSPB’s values and to raise awareness of our mission to help and protect endangered wildlife.”

Attractively presented on a dedicated, free-standing display, it presents 16 single varieties, three Four-in-One collection packs and three Shaker Boxes of wildflower mixes.

Each packet or box carries a silhouette icon to show whether the contents attract birds, pollinating insects, butterflies or a combination of the three, all of which the RSPB now seeks to protect.  The charity receives a royalty from Mr Fothergill’s for every pack sold to help its work with British wildlife.

The RSPB seed range is widely available from retail stockists of Mr Fothergill’s throughout the UK.  If you are interested in stocking the RSPB range in your garden centre or retail outlet, then get in touch with us to discuss.

Mr Fothergill’s donates £24,000 to Royal Hospital Chelsea from Poppy Victoria Cross sales

August 14th, 2014 | News | 0 Comments

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Retail sales of seed of Mr Fothergill’s Poppy Victoria Cross this spring (January to June 2014) have netted more than £24,000 for the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the home of the Chelsea Pensioners, in the centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War.  The Suffolk seedsman has also announced it will continue to support the organisation for at least another four years – until the centenary of the end of hostilities in 2018.  Mr Fothergill’s pledges 25p to the Royal Hospital’s charity from every packet of 250 seeds priced at £1.85 it sells via its retail stockists during 2014.

Presenting a cheque for £24,462.50 to Chelsea Pensioner William ‘Paddy’ Fox, Mr Fothergill’s Seeds joint-managing director David Carey, said “Sales of Poppy Victoria Cross have been phenomenal this spring, making it our biggest selling variety.  It just shows the huge support there is for our former armed service personnel among Britain’s millions of gardeners.”

Royal Hospital Chelsea fundraising manager Kate Marsh said: “On behalf of the Chelsea Pensioners, I would like to say how delighted we are to receive this incredibly generous donation from the sales of Mr Fothergill’s Poppy Victoria Cross seed.   The funds raised will help us to provide the very best care and service to the Chelsea Pensioners, many of whom are taking part in First World War remembrance services across the country this year.

“Our sincere thanks to Mr Fothergill’s for their support and we hope more people are inspired to grow their beautiful Victoria Cross poppies.”

The Royal Hospital Chelsea was 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 tricornes 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.