Tulip farm offers free bunches of flowers to key workers in Northamptonshire

The Harris' family are already well known in Moulton for their sell-out pick-your-own pumpkin and sunflower farm

By Carly Roberts
Wednesday, 22nd April 2020, 9:30 am
More than 40 bunches of tulips were picked on Friday to lift the spirits of nurses, teachers, pharmacists and the residents at Ashurst Mews care home in Moulton.
More than 40 bunches of tulips were picked on Friday to lift the spirits of nurses, teachers, pharmacists and the residents at Ashurst Mews care home in Moulton.

Tom and Lucy Harris are kindly offering assorted bunches of tulips to key workers who are passing Overstone Grange Farm on their essential journeys, near Moulton.

It comes as the couple, who planted 20,000 bulbs back in November, do not want to see the 20 varieties of flowers rot in the ground and would rather see them go to deserving people.

The couple are not encouraging non-essential journeys, which means the tulips are not for sale to the general public but can be pre-ordered on Facebook only by key workers.

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Tom and his wife Lucy Harris pictured with their son, George, last October on the pumpkin farm. Credit: Kirsty Edmonds.

Lucy, who has hand-picked 7,000 tulips with her husband, has so-far arranged 141 bunches for safe non-contact collection from within the vast farmland to key workers.

Lucy said even a midwife picked up bunches of flowers on her way to work to give to her colleagues working the same night shift to say a big thank you for their efforts.

She said: "It's really lovely to see them go to good homes and raise a smile on people's faces.

"They have been collected by NHS staff from various wards at NGH and KGH, Cynthia Spencer, Marie Curie.

Rows of tulips are still growing in the ground and will be around for a while longer to lift the spirits of key workers.

"As well as paramedics, policemen and women, transport workers, pharmacy workers, care homes, teachers, nursery staff, doctors surgeries, vets and our postman has been delivering to vulnerable people on his delivery round.

”Some people have said they would like to make a donation but there is no expectation on our behalf.”

The tulip farm would have been open to the public by now to pick-their-own bunches of pretty flowers but the coronavirus outbreak has meant the experience can no longer go ahead.

In September last year the couple saw their fields bloom into a sunflower attraction for the first time before they turned a different field into a pumpkin picking patch with more than 3,000.

Tulips can be safely pre-ordered by privately messaging Lucy on the farm's Facebook page, which you can do so by clicking this link.

Lucy has asked that those ordering flowers request how many bunches they would like and say what job they do. She will then message back with a collection time to limit the amount of people picking up bunches at once.

A donation tin will be kept at the gate if recipients wish to make a pay-as-they-feel donation.