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Bury’s Potted poppies proving popular

Simon Harding and Valerie Legg have grown hundreds of wild poppies to sell for the Royal British legion as a WW1 centenary commemoration. ANL-140306-095105009

Simon Harding and Valerie Legg have grown hundreds of wild poppies to sell for the Royal British legion as a WW1 centenary commemoration. ANL-140306-095105009

Potted poppies are raising money for the Royal British Legion as gardeners mark World War One’s centenary.

Growing them has been the latest green fingered fund raiser for Simon Harding and Valerie Legg. They have long raised money for charities by selling plants grown at their Church Walk, Bury St Edmunds, home.

Simon said: “With the centenary, we thought it would be a nice thing to do.

“We started growing them in October and we have some that are 2ft or 3ft high and some that are the more traditional 8in to 10in.”

Priced from £1.50 a tray to £5 for a display pot, they are on sale daily in Church Walk.

Poppies like poor, disturbed soils so they quickly colonised the shell torn Western Front.

 

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