Kew Horticultural Society Show receives donation

Date: Wednesday 16 September 2015

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One of London’s longest-running flower and produce shows came up smelling of roses yet again this year – helped along by a £500 donation from us.

Our West London team kindly offered to sponsor the gardening show as part of our ongoing commitment to supporting the communities in which we build.

Skilful entrants showed off their growing, baking, photography and crafts prowess at the 71st annual Kew Horticultural Society’s Flower and Produce Show, held on 5th September at Kew Green in the London Borough of Richmond.

A total of 136 people entered this year, making 571 entries across 120 different classes in six categories: flowers, fruit and vegetables; crafts; cookery; photography; floral art; and a special children’s section.

The horticultural society which runs the show is one of the oldest in London, and its annual show dates back to the 1940s, making it one of the longest-running in the capital. A staple of the event is the marquee and the organisers lay claim to it being one of the few annual shows left still to be held in a marquee.

Ann Sandall, the Chairman of Kew Horticultural Society, says: “We are very grateful to Taylor Wimpey for backing our traditional event. It is one of the few remaining village shows in London and is always an important community and cultural event.

“Taylor Wimpey’s £500 sponsorship helped towards the cost of the marquee which is one of the special features of our show and helps create the traditional village atmosphere.”

The show raised approximately £5,000, and once expenses have been covered the remainder will be distributed to local charities. Other attractions at the four-hour show included a lively jazz band, food, plant, bric-a-brac and book stalls, a tombola and a barbecue.

Emma Jones, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey West London, says: “We are always looking for ways to support the communities near our developments and we found that Kew Horticultural Society does a splendid job of nurturing that sense of community spirit with this wonderful event.

“We were delighted to contribute to keeping this long tradition going and to help towards something tangible, like the marquee, which is such a famous feature of the show.”