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Plant stall continues 20-year tradition despite cancellation of flower festival by raising £700 for All Saints' Church in Little Cornard




A couple have continued their 20-year tradition of raising money for their local church, undeterred by the cancellation of the village’s flower festival.

Little Cornard residents Gerry and Cheryl Bird sold hundreds of plants by operating an online order and collection service in front of their home in Upper Road.

Held in lieu of the plant stall they usually run at the annual All Saints’ Church flower festival, which will not take place this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, their endeavours have raised around £700 in support of the church.

LITTLE CORNARD: Gerry Bird.Canhams, Upper Road, Little Cornard.Gerry and Cheryl Bird have raised more than £700 for the All Saints Church in Little Cornard, by selling plants from their front garden, during the coronavirus lockdown. Picture by Mark Westley. (34615515)
LITTLE CORNARD: Gerry Bird.Canhams, Upper Road, Little Cornard.Gerry and Cheryl Bird have raised more than £700 for the All Saints Church in Little Cornard, by selling plants from their front garden, during the coronavirus lockdown. Picture by Mark Westley. (34615515)

Gerry, a chartered surveyor by trade, told the Free Press: “We had grown all the plants ready for this year’s festival, so, when the lockdown hit and the festival was cancelled, we put a message around the village.

“This was just a convenient way of dealing with everything that’s going on. The support has been lovely. Everyone has been very sensible and we haven’t had any problems.”


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