Blooming marvellous birthday

Delamores open day marks the 50th anniversary of the company - cutting the ribbon to launch the trials area - Richard Barnwell the High Sheriff with Wayne Eady (MD Delamores) and Sarah Curtis, the product development manager.
Delamores open day marks the 50th anniversary of the company - cutting the ribbon to launch the trials area - Richard Barnwell the High Sheriff with Wayne Eady (MD Delamores) and Sarah Curtis, the product development manager.
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A LONG-standing Fen business has celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Delamore, in Wisbech St Mary, opened its doors to invited guests to mark its prestigious birthday.

On Thursday, High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire Richard Barnwell officially opened the trials area at the nursery.

The trials area is where the business grows new varieties of plants to see how they fare. Several plants being grown there at the moment will feature in the 2012 catalogue for customers.

Several primary schools also attended Delamore. The pupils had a tour of the glass houses on the 15-acre site and enjoyed a potting session. Students took their plants away with instructions to keep a grow diary over the summer. The student whose plant has the most flowers will receive a prize when they return to school in September.

Pupils from Thomas Clarkson Community College in Wisbech and Wisbech Grammar School were on site, working on the vegetable patches they have been tending for the past two months.

As part of the anniversary celebrations, Wisbech in Bloom held a hanging basket competition with some local schools. Ramnoth Junior School emerged the winner and was presented with a £50 voucher by Mr Barnwell to continue their gardening efforts next year.

Delamore import cuttings from around the world and start off young plants to provide to other companies, including garden centres, supermarkets and businesses such as Ideal World.