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Why not buy your mum a gift this mother’s day that could save someone’s life? The brand new fuchsia, Angel’s Teardrop, discovered and grown at Duchy College, Cornwall’s College of the Countryside is being sold to raise funds for Diabetes UK this spring.

Easy to look after, a ‘how to grow’ leaflet will be sent with each delivery and there will be no need to feed the plants for 18 months, as a slow release fertilizer will be incorporated in the compost. Hardy to minus 6 degrees, the fuchsia can be grown in the ground or in a tub on the patio. A pack of 3 plants is available to order for £9.99 + P&P by calling 01736 336975.

2.3 million people in the UK are diagnosed with diabetes, 21,045 of these in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Not only that, but it is estimated that 750,000 people in the UK are living with diabetes undiagnosed (70,000 in the South West) – which is why Duchy College and Diabetes UK are selling the plant to raise awareness regionally and nationally about the condition and hope that Mother’s Day sales will boost funds to help the cause.

The pretty pink fuchsia was discovered by Horticulture lecturer Marshall Hutchens on the Duchy College grounds in Summer 2007 and was picked up by Stan Williams, manager of Rosewarne Nurseries (the commercial nursery based at Duchy College).

The plant has been recognised and registered with the British Fuchsia Society. Stan Williams wanted to use the sales of Angel’s Teardrop to help Diabetes UK because his niece is diabetic, so the cause is very close to his heart.

John Latham, Principal of Cornwall College commented, “It’s naturally very exciting for the Cornwall College Group to have such exciting discoveries happening on its campus sites. I hope that mums everywhere will appreciate receiving such a great gift that could save lives. I’m extremely proud to support such initiatives and look forward to seeing the result at the end of the year.”

Angel’s Teardrop will be officially launched in Spring 2008.
The plants are available to order in packs of 3 for £9.99 + P&P by calling 01736 336975.Delivery in time for mother's day is not guaranteed

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Editor’s notes:

Duchy College is part of Cornwall College which has 7 sites across Cornwall, including Falmouth Marine School and offers the widest range of high quality academic & vocational training in the county.

Cornwall College is the only College in the South West to hold 4 “Centre of Vocational Excellence Awards”

Centre of Vocational Excellence – Tourism, Customer Care
Centre of Vocational Excellence – IT Systems
Centre of Vocational Excellence – Marine Engineering & Technology
Centre of Vocational Excellence – Food & Drink Technology

Rosewarne Nurseries supplies shrubs to most garden centres and nurseries in Cornwall and is one of the major shrub suppliers to the world famous Eden Project.

Diabetes UK is the charity that cares about people with diabetes. We fund over £7 million of medical research every year, provide information and support to people with diabetes and campaign on their behalf.

If you would like any further information, please contact Ruth Sparkes 01726 226463 or email ruth.sparkes@cornwall.ac.uk

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