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Hillier Nurseries Celebrity Memory Tree Auction

Celebrities' memories from RHS Chelsea Flower Show up for grabs at Hillier's online auction to raise cash for the Wessex Cancer Trust

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Own a piece of RHS Chelsea history

A charity auction is giving 13 people the chance to own a piece of RHS Chelsea Flower Show history, as well as raising funds for a cancer charity.

The online auction is the culmination of the ‘Memory Tree’ project by Hillier Nurseries, whose charity partner is Wessex Cancer Trust.

Hillier has exhibited at Chelsea for almost a century and has a record-breaking 72 gold medals. With so many amazing memories connected to the show, the ‘Memory Tree’ was created so visitors could share their garden memories too.

At the show, visitors signed tags to hang from the tree and wrote down their most treasured garden memory in a special book with more than 500 memories by the end.

Alan Titchmarsh, a long-running supporter of Wessex Cancer Trust, was the first to sign up, followed by Dame Judi Dench, Joanna Lumley, Piers Morgan, Jo Whiley, Nigel Slater, Matt Baker, Alex Jones, Carol Klein, Anton du Beke, Ainsley Harriott, Nigel Havers and Cerys Matthews.

Wessex Cancer Trust is now auctioning the tags signed by the celebrities, each displayed in a frame, complete with certificate and a copy of the person’s memory.

Aim to raise lots of funds

Alan said: “It was a pleasure to visit the Hillier garden at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show and to kick of the Memory Tree.

“It was nice to take a moment away from the busy show to reflect on my many, many memories of gardening. Fingers crossed the auction raises lots of funds for the Wessex Cancer Trust who I have supported for many years.”

The auction is open now until Monday, October 16. To bid, visit Wessex Cancer Trust’s website at www.wessexcancer.org.uk/celebrity-auction.

Hillier has also launched a digital copy of the Memory Book called ‘Your Garden Memories’, visit www.hillier.co.uk.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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