While Mr Fothergill’s seed brand is well known to gardeners throughout the UK, many of them may not know it is also the leading garden seed brand in Australia. To mark the centenary of ANZAC Day in both Australia and New Zealand, Mr Fothergill’s operation ‘down under’ has joined forces with Legacy Australia to raise funds for this organisation, which is dedicated to caring for the families of deceased and incapacitated veterans.
For every packet of a specially commissioned packet of seed of the Flanders poppy (Papaver rhoeas) sold, Mr Fothergill’s will donate AUS$0.50 to help support the work of the charity. ANZAC Day is commemorated annually on 25 April to mark the landing at Gallipoli of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps against the forces of the Ottoman Empire at Gallipoli in 1915, which was part of World War One.
As in Britain on Remembrance Sunday, the poppy is also a national symbol of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand. Legacy Australia assists around 90,000 widows, 1,900 children and dependents with a disability. Its support and services now extend to include the dependents of members of the Australian Defense Force who have lost limbs or their health through military service.
Mr Fothergill’s John Fothergill says the company is proud to be involved with such a worthwhile venture, and hopes the promotion will raise much-needed funds for Legacy Australia.