It might be unlucky for some, but it seems that the number 13 goes in the NFU’s favour. The union has been awarded its 13th consecutive gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2009, with a unique display consisting of products that are available in supermarkets.
This year’s display of home-grown fruit, vegetables, flowers and plants was designed to reflect the patchwork nature of the great British Countryside by Penny Riley.
"We're all thrilled and extremely proud to have won our 13th gold medal and pleased that all the hard work has paid off,” Penny said. “The display has already attracted thousands of visitors and we're glad that it has also proved popular with the judges."
British growers rallied round donating fruit, vegetables and flowers to ensure the stand succeeded, but the stand unfortunately did not attract a sponsor.
NFU horticulture adviser Dr Chris Hartfield said: "The Chelsea Flower Show is the pinnacle of the gardeners' year and a great opportunity to tell the thousands of visitors about the benefits of British produce. The quality and range of the fresh fruit, veg and flowers available allows us to create a spectacular display that is priceless."