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Royal British Legion and Ashridge Nurseries are planting seeds for war heroes

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: August 30, 2014

Frances and Julian de Bosdari, who run Ashridge Nurseries, at Castle Cary, are working with the Royal British Legion to honour our war heroes

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A West Country nursery is in partnership with the Royal British Legion to help the public plant a living legacy for those who fought and died in the First World War.

The Centenary Gardens project aims to keep the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice alive while raising thousands of pounds to help care for past and present servicemen and women and their families. Ashridge Nurseries, a mail order nursery run by Frances and Julian de Bosdari, at Castle Cary, has a selection of more than 100 carefully selected trees, shrubs, roses, and a woodland mix of bulbs for sale under the scheme. A minimum of 50 per cent of profits will go directly to the Legion, which is the National Custodian of Remembrance.

Among the trees is a cooking apple named Arthur Turner which was raised in 1912, and named in honour of the breeder's son who died in the field in Flanders in 1915. It is one of the best early cooking apples, a popular garden variety, suitable for the north and wet areas.

Other plants include the elegantly-hued 'Peace' rose, and oak saplings, and there is also a collection of six native trees, named the Westonbirt Collection and selected by Simon Toomer, the director of the National Arboretum at Westonbirt.

Gardeners of all varieties, no matter what space they may have available, will be able to place orders online , handled through Ashridge, at www.centenarygardens.co.uk over the next four years.

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