Bourne and Spalding horticultural businesses help Somerset farm flood victims

Andy Coaten at Butters Group. Photo: SG081013-333NG
Andy Coaten at Butters Group. Photo: SG081013-333NG
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Two south Lincolnshire businesses put their specialisms together to come up with table decorations for the NFU’s conference gala dinner.

NFU East Midlands volunteered to organise the table decorations for the event.

Lincolnshire Herbs at Bourne was approached and agreed to supply herbs for the arrangements .

Andy Coaten, managing director of the Butters Group at Spalding, then offered to help and his product manager Helen Dash put together designs for the regional NFU office to look at.

The plans were agreed and Butters provided baskets, labels and stakes, ribbon bows and aquapads to keep the pot-grown herbs watered.

After the dinner, the arrangements were sold in aid of the charities helping farmers in Somerset affected by the winter floods and about £800 was donated.

An NFU spokesman said: “Without the generosity of the two Lincolnshire horticultural businesses, it wouldn’t have been possible. Our thanks go to both of them.”