Candy Philip, Community Planting team leader: “Having to cancel the annual plant sale was a blow: it is held at the Volunteer Hall, is such fun, and the money we make is important. Purely by chance, someone passing the polytunnel at the Hall asked if we had any plants she could buy, as she had prepared a huge border before Covid-19 struck and now had no plants to fill it. We had a lot of plants donated for our April sale; what were we going to do with them? I emailed the lady and negotiated a price for the plants we had, arranging for her to come along with her car to collect the plants from outside the polytunnel. She filled her car boot with the plants and drove off a happy bunny. And so, the online plant sale was born! Thanks must go to our wonderful local gardeners who dropped off mountains of plants, especially to Derek Bates, who luckily for us was giving his garden a complete makeover. Derek normally sells his bedding and vegetable produce at markets to make money for Duns Golf Club, but because there were no markets he gave it to AHFD to sell and a donation was given to Duns Golf Club on his behalf.
An email was sent out to our membership asking them to contact me by phone and the news spread very quickly. Over the next five weeks I was kept extremely busy updating the list of plants available, answering emails, and laying orders out on the Hall drive for people to collect by car. Payment by BACS was successful, payment contact minimal. The result was a bumper profit and most of the summer plants for town community beds and planters are paid for.”