A GIANT plant sale is being held to support people living with cancer and families who need emergency food.

Growers from the Over Allotments Association will be bringing a wide range of flower and vegetable plants to Winsford Cross Shopping Centre on Saturday, May 18.

Allotment chairman Mike Allen said: “Our plant sale is an event that local people put in their diary and they don’t want to miss it. Our growers have been hard at work since the start of the year and the plants will be at their best for the sale.”

This popular one-day plant sale has become a firm favourite with the local community, keen to grow their own at home.

“There will be a wide range of flower and vegetable plants, from old favourites to heritage varieties, together with hanging baskets and trays of bedding plants,” said Mike.

“It’s also the first of this year’s fund-raising events. It raises funds not only for our group but also for local charities. Our members have chosen St Luke’s Hospice and Mid-Cheshire Foodbank as our charity partners for this year.

"But, most of all, it’s good to know that local residents are just as keen to grow their own fresh fruit and veg as we are.”

This year the allotment group has teamed up with the Winsford branch of Wilko.

“We have the plants and Wilko has the compost, pots, canes and plant food,” said Mike. “Wilko will be near us which means everything you need to grow your own will be there on the day.”

As they gear up for the big day, the Over Allotments group is appealing for plant pots and trays. Pots, trays, and other gardening items can be dropped off at the entrance gate to the plots on Moss Bank or brought along to the plant sale from 8.30am on May 18.