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Fruit farmer hopes for sweet taste of success at Chelsea
12:00pm Saturday 10th May 2014 in News
A FRUIT farmer from Weeley is hoping for the sweet taste of success at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.
Roger Muir, who runs his late father Ken Muir’s Honeypot Farm in Rectory Road, hopes to be the cream of the crop and win yet another gold medal at the prestigious show this month.
He has been getting ready for this year’s event with Ken’s great granddaughter Elsie.
The three-year-old has pitched in by helping to water this year’s strawberry plants in preparation for the show.
Roger said: “We at Ken Muir are renowned for our strawberry displays and regularly attend a number of horticultural and county shows.
“We have exhibited at the Chelsea Flower Show since 1970 and have accumulated over 31 medals which have included 13 gold medals.”
He says good natural light this year will swell the fruits and increase sugar levels, boosting their chances of winning the coveted medal.
The family has run the 27-acre farm since 1950 and have even served the Queen strawberries at the Chelsea Flower Show numerous times.
This year’s show starts on May 19 and runs for five days. The farm is open to give advice on fruit growing Monday to Saturday from 8am to 4pm.