Alternative plant sale raised £120 for foodbank

UPLYME & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society would usually be hosting their spring plant sale at this time of year. 

The event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but society member Bob Mercer had plenty of tomato and vegetable plants already well underway.

Bob’s plants are always popular at the plant sales, so he decided to sell them from his home in Yawl as an alternative. A wide range of tomato varieties, cucumbers, chillies, aubergines, squash and salad leaves were all available.

Bob explained: “It really started when a friend moved into a house locally and the previous owner had left a small tomato crop in the greenhouse.

“We never managed to identify the name but it produced an extremely sweet small plum in copious numbers. We renamed it JB after our friend and saved the seeds.

“Six of the plants grown in isolation then produced seeds for subsequent years and they seem to come good each year.”

The plants sold out in just a few hours and a total of £120 was donated to Lyme Regis Foodbank.

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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