Clematis intended for Chelsea show raise £7,500 for island charities

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GUERNSEY’S very own Chelsea Flower Show exhibit raised just under £7,500 for two local charities last month.

They were destined for the Chelsea Flower Show, but with that cancelled, multiple gold medal-winning Raymond Evison displayed the plants at his Vale vinery to raise money for two local charities. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 28395613)

As the Chelsea Flower Show was called off this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, at the end of May, Chelsea gold medal-winning clematis grower Raymond Evison treated islanders to a two-day exhibit of his sea-themed entry at his Vale nursery and of plants that had been destined for the show.

The money raised through donations and plant sales was given to The Queen’s Nurses and the Guernsey Botanical Trust LBG.

Mr Evison said he was extremely grateful to everybody who had made it happen.

‘The support was really marvellous and without it we would not have been able to hold such a successful event,’ he said.

‘The event was extremely well supported and sadly at times we had to turn people away because we would have been contravening the regulations governing events during those days.

‘People were very understanding and many came back later when it was not so busy.’

He added the event was so well received that it had carried on online.

‘After the event we continued to sell clematis plants to raise money for the two charities through a click and collect scheme and this came to an end last week,’ he said.


‘The two event days were most successful and the people who visited were extremely generous.

‘With the donations received and the sales of clematis plants the two charities, The Queen’s Nurses and the Guernsey Botanical Trust LBG will share just under £7,500 between them – an outstanding amount.’

The Queen’s Nurses said they would use the money for additional training, with the Guernsey Botanical Trust LBG using their share of the funds raised for their gatehouse and learning centre appeal.

Danielle Kenneally

By Danielle Kenneally
News reporter

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