Award winning wheat
A Shropshire farming family is celebrating Olympic success after their wheat was used in the bouquets presented to the top performing athletes at the games.
Those taking gold, silver and bronze medals at London 2012 receive a ‘Victory Bouquet’ which incorporates wheat grown by farmer Michael Bubb and his family, near Newport.
Mr Bubb, an East Shropshire NFU branch member, grows potatoes and cereals at Wheaton Aston and Lynn, near Newport, and also set up floral business Shropshire Petals with his wife Rosemary.
The business produces biodegradable natural wedding confetti and other products from delphiniums and other plants grown at the farm.
Some 4,800 bouquets will be presented during the games.
Designer Susan Lapworth, of Jane Packer Flowers, used British-grown flowers and herbs to create the special bouquet.
Mr Bubb said: “The wheat is grown on the farm here in the rolling fields of Shropshire and we use it to produce stunning sheaves, perfect for decorating the home, wedding and event venues.
“Adding other natural dried flowers such as lavender, roses and thistles also adds a splash of natural colour and an extra special touch to our wheat sheaf bundles.
“Being asked to be a part of something so natural and iconic for the London 2012 Olympics was an honour. As part of the farming community we always recognise the benefits of growing sustainable and environmentally friendly products here in the UK.”
John Mercer, NFU regional director, said the UK farming industry was expected to supply 232 tonnes of potatoes, 31 tonnes of poultry, 19 tonnes of eggs and 75,000 litres of milk for the Olympic village alone during the sporting spectacle, not including the food provided for visitors and the public attending events (find out more here).
“The games give the farming industry a fantastic platform to really shout about what is happening in agriculture and horticulture across the country,” he said.
“Serving 14 million meals over a three week period is a huge challenge, but providing healthy, tasty nutritious food is what the British farming industry does best and it also delivers economic benefits to communities up and down the country.
“We want people to recognise just what the farming industry does for each and every consumer in the UK, who can get almost every ingredient they need from British farms.
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