Harry does the planting

Three-year-old grows sunflowers for NHS

HARRY Coxhead is a born gardener who's just sold his first crop. It's little wonder the three-year-old is showing some horticultural promise; he's the fourth generation of the family running EN Coxhead Nursery in Whitestake near Preston. Following his dad Austin's footsteps - and with mum Leah helping out - Harry planted, grew and sold 67 sunflowers, raising more than £200 for the NHS.

By Bryan Walker
Thursday, 18th June 2020, 3:45 pm

HARRY Coxhead is a born gardener who's just sold his first crop.

It's little wonder the three-year-old is showing some horticultural promise; he's the fourth generation of the family running EN Coxhead Nursery in Whitestake near Preston.

Following his dad Austin's footsteps - and with mum Leah helping out - Harry planted, grew and sold 67 sunflowers, raising more than £200 for the NHS.

Leah, 35, said: "It's a family business started by Austin's granddad Ernie selling flowers, lettuce and bedding plants.

"Harry absolutely loves it, he's out on the tractor every day."

For the first couple of weeks during lockdown, work at the nursery slowed down over fears plants might not be sold. When Austin was quiet at work Harry went with him, growing crops like tomatoes.

Then, as work picked up, Leah took over the childcare and mum and son planted the sunflower seeds.

She said: "He loves doing the gardening and it's lovely to see. We're very proud."

The link to the NHS comes from Austin's cousin Lisa Elliott whon is Divisional Nursning Director for Surgery at Royal Preston Hospital.

The family decided it would be a nice idea to sell the sunflower for £3 each on Facebook, with all money raised going to the NHS.

The success bodes well for the future of the garden centre, with Harry showing every seen that he'll be able to take over the business one day.

Leah said: "I'd like to think he'll go into the family business, if that's what he wants to do when he grows up."

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