West Row gardener to help with Britain’s first growing map

Amateur gardener Joanne Blazey, who is helping to create the first ever growing map of mainland Britain
Amateur gardener Joanne Blazey, who is helping to create the first ever growing map of mainland Britain
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A garden in West Row is playing a key part in helping to create the first ever growing map of mainland Britain.

Mr Fothergill’s Nation of Gardeners has recruited amateur gardeners in all of the mainland British regions.

Each month participants will receive free collections of flower, vegetable and herb seeds, plants or bulbs.

Joanne Blazey, from West Row, is representing East Anglia in the campaign and has just received her first delivery from Mr Fothergill’s Seeds. The first batch includes sweet peas, broad beans and garlic.

John Fothergill, joint managing director of Mr Fothergill’s Seeds, said: “With our constantly and rapidly changing weather, it is important to understand how gardening and growing conditions change across the country at different times of the year.

“We will be asking our nation members to plant their monthly collection at a time they consider best suits local growing conditions. They will report back their results to us on social media.

“The different growth and germination rates across the country will quickly build up our growing map which will become an important tool 
for gardeners across the nation.”

“I can’t wait to get started,” said Mrs Blazey, 40.

“It is very exciting to be part of this unique exercise and the growing map is something that will be constantly changing,” she added.

To follow her progress and the rest of the Mr Fothergill’s Nation of Gardeners, visit mr-fothergills.co.uk

You can also follow @mrfothergills on Twitter or visit www.facebook.com/MrFothergills on Facebook.