WHEN a special school was forced to cancel one of its biggest fundraising events it decided to turn its usual garden party into a plant sale and was delighted it was a blooming success.

Rowdeford School, near Devizes has raised more than £650 from the sale of vegetables and plants grown in its walled garden.

Social distancing was in place at Stills Farm, Bromham, for the sale.

Mike Bowden president of Rowdeford Charity Trust thanked everyone who supported the event. He said: “The cancellation of this year’s very popular annual event meant that all the produce grown in the school’s gardens would otherwise have gone to waste and prevented the raising of funds so desperately needed.”

Tony Scorer, chairman of Rowdeford Garden Fair committee, thanked the Pagets Produce at Stills Farm and said: “All we had to do was deliver the plants and collect the money – the rest was handled by Paget’s staff.

“The committee was delighted with the result and the £650 raised will go towards the proposed boardwalk through the woods to enable all the pupils to access the area no matter what the weather.

“To those who gave donations and asked us to keep their ticket-in-advance money for Rowdeford Garden Fair 2020, we are very appreciative of this support.”