Your News: Kirkby Underwood residents help spice up RAF garden

Kirkby Underwood residents with the garden at the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight annexe at RAF Coningsby that they helped renovate. From left, Anthony Andrews, Sqn Ldr Dunc Mason, Nicholas Palmer and Gillian Andrews EMN-140623-112116001
Kirkby Underwood residents with the garden at the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight annexe at RAF Coningsby that they helped renovate. From left, Anthony Andrews, Sqn Ldr Dunc Mason, Nicholas Palmer and Gillian Andrews EMN-140623-112116001
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The gardens outside the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Annex have never looked as lovely as they do now.

Thanks to the amount of fundraising undertaken by the residents of Kirkby Underwood, they have pots of very special red flowering zonal pelargoniums.

“Having been very fortunate in being allocated many flypasts at our major fundraising events in the small South Lincolnshire village of Kirkby Underwood over the years, we felt it was time for us to do ‘our bit’ for the remarkable Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Coningsby,” said Louise Green, who is chairman of the village organising committee for summer fairs and open gardens.

“These events, the summer fair and open gardens, annually raise funds that are equally shared between the parish church and village hall,” she continued.

“When we learned from our former committee secretary, Anthony Andrews, that the BBMF had in mind to re-develop the garden in front of their offices, we held two coffee mornings that raised enough funds for the village to pay for the construction of the new labour saving garden.

“In addition, through Anthony’s personal contacts with an international plant breeder in Dresden, Germany, he was able to arrange that the plants to be used this year were donated,” she 
concluded.

Andrea Ludwig, managing director of Elsner pac Jungpflanzen of Dresden in Germany, the international plant breeding company founded 125 years ago, said: “We are delighted to be able to sponsor the supply of PAC Anthony, our best selling variety world wide of red flowering zonal pelargoniums, to be used in the new garden at the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight that has been constructed by donations from the small Lincolnshire village of Kirkby Underwood.

“We are really honoured to have this special connection with the BBMF.”

Sqn Ldr Dunc Mason, Officer Commanding RAF BBMF: said “I would like to pass on my thanks to Anthony and the Kirkby Underwood committee for summer fairs and open gardens for their support the Flight and for the fund raising they have done to make our garden look so attractive.

“I would also like to thank Andrea Ludwig for her company’s support and donation of the plants.”