Enthusiastic gardeners hold plant fair for St. Luke’s Hospice

KEEN gardeners are preparing to host their annual plant fair with the help of their neighbors – all for an important charity close to their hearts.

Gravel Community Councilor John Malam and his wife Hilary are hosting the event on May 7th at their home in Woodlark Close near Rookery Rose in Wharton.

They will be raising money for St Luke’s Hospice after Hilary was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019 and was fortunate enough to receive complementary therapies to aid her recovery.

The event takes place between 10am and 3pm where plants are free but residents are invited to make a donation to St Luke’s.

People should bring a box or bag to carry their plants and can also bring any old flower pots and unwanted garden items for Hilary and John to reuse.

On offer are tomatoes, peppers, chillies, courgettes, cucumbers, runner beans and rhubarb as well as annual and perennial flowers and garden items.

For many years, Hilary and John grew plants for an annual plant sale in Winsford town center – but lockdown in 2020 changed that.

John explained, “What to do with the hundreds of plants we’ve so lovingly grown?”

John and Hilary Malam

“We said, ‘Let’s give her away from our front yard and all proceeds will go to St. Luke’s Hospice’.”

“We did and by the end of the day we had raised £711 for St Luke’s and the plants had found new homes across Winsford.

“We liked it so much that we decided to do it again.

“We needed a larger pavilion for the 2021 show and Winsford City Council kindly loaned us a couple of these which our lovely neighbors helped set up and take down.

“Asda and Morrisons donated plants and garden items, friends grew plants and brought them to us and throughout the day there was a steady stream of people coming and going who generously donated £1,730 to St Luke’s fundraisers.

“This year’s trade fair has outgrown our front yard.

“It’s becoming a ‘Woodlark Close’ event where neighbors are happy to have a gazebo in their front yard too.

“Winsford City Council are again lending the pavilions, Wickes Winsford have generously donated the compact box we use and Asda, Morrisons and Wilko’s are also supporting the event.

“If you want to help, please get in touch.

“Donations of plants are particularly welcome, or perhaps you would like to become a future ‘garden grower’ and grow plants for the fair.”

You can call Hilary and John on 01606 863540.

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