NFU going for gold at Chelsea Flower Show

The NFU is hoping that it will this week clinch its 13th consecutive Gold Medal at the world-famous Chelsea Flower show (May 18- 23).

Award-winning florist Penny Riley has returned to create this year’s display which will reflect the patchwork nature of the countryside and showcase the variety of produce and plants grown here.

The credit crunch has meant that the NFU has been unable to find a much-needed sponsor for the initiative which helps promote UK fruit, vegetables and flowers to the public.

But British growers have rallied round donating flowers and produce to make sure that the horticulture industry has a strong presence at the leading flower show of the year.

Dr Chris Hartfield, NFU horticulture adviser, said: “The fact we are here shows the importance our growers place on being on display at Chelsea among the country’s great horticulturalists. People have donated their time and produce for free and I am extremely grateful for their hard work and dedication to ensure the British story is told.

“Winning our 13th gold medal would be an amazing achievement but I think being here this year is an achievement in itself. It will act as a reminder for people to support British growers and buy homegrown fruit, veg and flowers whenever they can.”