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Family’s seedling lockdown project provides 800 plants

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IT started as a lockdown project to spread some ‘peas and sunshine’...

Aubie's Stall.with mum and dad Julie-Anne and Paul Simon...Picture: DAVID FERGUSON. (28750564)

But a roadside stall created by the Simon family, from St Ouen, to give away free seedlings has proven such a hit that they have now gifted almost 800 plants.

That figure is continuing to rise, with the family pledging that the stall will stay for as long as there are plants and produce available – and that it will return next year.

The stand, which is stocked with plants grown by the Simons and by others, is named ‘Aubie’s Stall’ after the family’s four-year-old.

The plants gifted so far include 228 tomato plants, six geraniums, three chard, six chocolate mint, 51 bean, 136 sunflower, 100 pea, 82 lettuce, seven cape gooseberry, 30 beetroot, 13 broccoli, eight squash, one marigold, four cucumber, 15 pepper, 23 dahlias, four poppy, 24 spider plants, four chilli, six strawberry, one rosemary and two artichoke.

Aubie Simon with 'Big Dave' the sunflower (28750558)

Mum Julie-Anne Simon said: ‘We set up the stall, as Aubie asked if we could, to give away plants to make people happy. It was a few weeks into lockdown, we had been in the garden growing some plants for ourselves and he just suggested it.

‘The reaction has been lovely. Everyone has been so happy and grateful and then others have given plants for us to gift on.’

She added: ‘Aubie is always so happy to meet people who are visiting the stall. He saw so many of his school buddies who came to visit the stall while we were in lockdown, which was lovely. It has been a wonderful thing to do as a family, especially while we were all stuck at home. We were able to have a little project to keep us all busy and teach Aubie about planting, growing and mini beasts and it has showed the amazing spirit St Ouen has. The incredible kindness from so many people has been overwhelming.’

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The stall, which is located in Cache de l’Eglise and has grown to include books, is now changing as the season moves on from planting vegetables to giving away produce and flowers.

‘As long as there are plants and produce available the stall will stay – and we plan to do the same next year,’ Mrs Simon said.

For more information, visit the ‘Aubie’s Stall’ Facebook page.

Lucy Stephenson

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