South Lincolnshire growers achieve gold at Chelsea

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GROWERS in south Lincolnshire are celebrating after achieving gold at Chelsea.

Walkers Bulbs, the mail order division of Taylors Bulbs, received a 25th gold medal for its display of over 70 varieties of daffodils.

Johnny Walkers was delighted with his success but admitted it had been tough leading up to the show.

He said: “We had probably one of the most difficult seasons for producing flowers. Two weeks before the show I just had 20 flowers in cold store and I was very worried. I have never had to use heat to produce flowers for Chelsea, but I had to this year.”

A number of local growers contributed to the NFU-Waitrose Best of British Summertime stand which also earned a gold medal.

These included Sue Lamb, of Lambs Flowers at Pinchbeck, who said: “Anything that highlights British produce and lifts the bar is excellent.”

Other growers from the county also provided produce for the award-winning stand, including: Moulton Bulb Company, Marshall Brothers, Winchester Growers, Solanum, Butters, Harrington, Nick Bacon, Darren Ford, Lance Whittington, Ian Chatterton, Matthew Naylor and Jack Buck Farms.

This is the 16th year that designer Penny Riley has walked away with one of the top honours, and the second gold in a row since the NFU teamed up with Waitrose last year.