Sadly our annual Spring Plant Sale could not proceed this year because of COVID-19 but, ever resourceful, FOPL found a way of making something happen.

On the morning of Saturday 30th May the sun shone down on Pontesbury, lifting the spirits of all those tempted to buy a plant or two and get out in the garden again during this lock-down period. A fine array of flowers, veg and seedlings straddled the driveway of Manchester House.  The plants were all free!

There was a just tub for donations indicating that any funds raised would go towards supporting the Library and the local Food Hub.  Social distancing and detoxing was of course observed, both for hands and plastic pots. FOPL now have their own large container of hand sanitiser for just such events.


Treasurer Colin Sharp (right) has now organised an FOPL card reader for contactless transactions which proved very useful on the day as many people prefer not to carry cash at the moment because of COVID-19.
There was a steady flow of visitors resulting in a grand total of £464.  This translates to £232 each to FOPL and the Food Hub. Many people expressed their delight that at long last something, however small and informal, was taking place safely in the village after the many weeks of lock-down and self-isolating.


Thanks to everyone who donated plants and cash on the day. From the smiling faces I could tell that having this event meant much more than just raising  funds.

2 Replies to “POP-UP PLANTS!”

    1. Yes, unfortunately we couldn’t advertise at all because of breaking government rules about ‘encouraging a social gathering’. We just had to rely on people passing on a Saturday morning. There will be something going on about joining the Library Lottery on Saturday 27th June. A few of us will be outside the Co-op from 8.30 till about 12, so come over/wave if you see us!

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