A sweet pea gesture, actually! At this time of the year, prize-winning gardener Allan Evans, a horticulturalist from Llandudno Junction, would normally be staking his claim to Gold and Sliver prizes at the Royal Welsh Show for his speciality – sweet peas.
COVID 19 put paid to all that for 2020 but a chance conversation with Mike Perry of Llandudno Rotary led to creating awards of quite a different kind.
Working in tandem, Allan and Mike were determined that rather than these beautiful sweet peas go to waste unseen, they would instead serve as a simple “thankyou” to various people in the Llandudno area who have gone out of their way to help people in these difficult times.
Allan Evans with bunches of his award-winning sweet peas.
Over the last few weeks, there have been approximately 50 surprised recipients of these prize blooms. Bunches of sweet peas have been delivered by Rotary, including some for Llandudno Community Hospital and St. David’s Hospice in Llandudno. Brenda Fogg of Hope Restored Llandudno also found herself and her charity colleagues the recipients of Allan’s colourful blooms, along with several people known to be living on their own.
Rotary wishes to thank Allan for his beautiful gesture – we wish him every success at the 2021 Welsh Show. Rotary’s thanks are also due to our very own Mike Perrry for creating and seeing through this partnership.
(L to R – Mike Perry, Gavin Davies (Rotary President) and Andrew Everley of St David’s Hospice.