Proceeds from New Flower Benefit UK Helicopter Service
A MAN who spent five years developing a new variety of flower has donated proceeds from its first year on sale to charity.
Retired construction manager Gordon Hodgson spent hundreds of hours in his garden developing the Westerton Folly, a variety of dahlia.
The 61-year-old, of Binchester, near Bishop Auckland , teamed up with North-East garden centre Halls of Heddon to produce the Westerton Folly on a commercial basis.
The plant has been on sale at the centre for one year with donation of £1 from the sale of every plant going to the Great North Air Ambulance Service. Mr Hodgson's efforts raised £650.
His hard work was rewarded when the dahlia won at flower shows in Edinburgh and Harrogate .
He said: "The plant has done very well in shows and lots of other people have started growing the dahlia. I'm very pleased with its success."
Halls of Heddon nurseries are a family run business, established in 1921. They have two garden centres, one at Heddon on the wall, near Hadrian's Wall, and Ovington.
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