Gardeners swap plants to raise money for charity

Just a few of the fine specimens on sale at the charity plant sale

Just a few of the fine specimens on sale at the charity plant sale

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Keen gardener Sophie Whelpton has come up with a novel green-fingered way to raise money for charity.

Whelpton, who works at the Lewes office of Mulberry Cottages, organised a Great British Plant Swap to support Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

She has always enjoyed growing plants from seed and has friends who do the same so she decided to put the two together to raise money.

The Ashdown Forest resident said, “I held a plant swap coffee morning – the idea stemming from the fact that people who grow from seed often grow more than they need.

“I emailed friends telling them I wanted to raise money for Demelza and explained a bit about how the charity helps families with terminally ill children.”

The plant swap worked by guests donating £5 and bringing 10 plants of any variety with them – and they all left with 10 different plants.

Altogether it raised £174 for Demelza, which provides a hospice at home service to more than 150 children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and their families throughout East Sussex. The total raised included a donation from Mulberry Cottages as they agreed to double the amount it raised.