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Fellowship on the forum

Posted: Friday 1 August 2014
by Kate Bradbury

Something lovely happened this year. A group of gardeners, who met on the forum, got together to help other gardeners affected by the winter flooding.

Something lovely happened this year. A group of gardeners, who met on the forum, got together to help other gardeners affected by the winter flooding. None of these people knew each other previously, or had any connection with each other beyond a mutual love of gardening. But what happened is one of the most heartwarming acts of human kindness I have witnessed in a long time.

It started with a post from forum member Artjak, who first raised the idea of growing plants to replace those lost from submerged gardens. She had heard about farmers taking cattle fodder down to the Somerset Levels. “I thought hey what about the gardeners?” she told me. “It wasn’t just that they had been flooded, some of them had been bulldozed to make access for large machinery. I wanted to do something to cheer the gardeners up”.

Her post on the forum generated a lot of interest, and another forum member, Rosie31, was a key player in the delivery of plants and seeds. Her brother-in-law lives in the Somerset Levels and was active in the volunteer effort. She too got involved to help fellow gardeners: “we all know how much our own gardens mean to us, and we wanted to help those whose gardens had been destroyed. There was also a sense that a few cheerful plants would do much more for morale than any financial redress ever could. We wanted people to know we were thinking of them and wanted to help them.”

And so it happened. Gardeners grew plants from seed, divided perennials and saved seed, and sent it all to Gardengenie, who boxed it all up. A relay of delivery drivers was set up between most of the M6 (mostly centred around Junction 24). One member from Wales took a delivery of plants en route to her holiday in Shaftsbury, and a couple of haulage firms even donated time to the cause.

“By hook or by crook, we sorted out how to shift plants”, says Rosie31. “But the biggest challenge was logistics – we never found a way of linking the whole of the M6. There’s still a few boxes of plants in Ayr, if anyone wants to help!”

Isn’t that a lovely story? If you were involved in the efforts, or you were one of the lucky recipients, please leave your comments below.

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oldchippy 01/08/2014 at 12:26

Britain at it's best.All pulling together.

Dovefromabove 01/08/2014 at 12:38

It was good to be able to do something to help; although individual contributions might have been relatively small, when we all team up together we can move mountains .... of plants 

I do hope that life is getting back to something like normality for the gardeners of the Somerset Levels. 

I think thanks should also go to those lorry drivers who passed the word about and went out of their way to move plants 

artjak 01/08/2014 at 14:00

Dove, I agree; a big thank you to everyone It was Framptons and Palletline who gave help I believe.

philippa smith2 01/08/2014 at 15:14

GWRS 02/08/2014 at 22:34

Nice to hear , you don't see that in the news , perhaps we should have more positive stories

can't think of anything worse than flooding

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