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Celebrities paint pots for charity auction

by Rose Crompton

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Plant pots decorated by celebrities are being auctioned online this week to raise funds for the RHS Campaign for School Gardening.

Amongst the celebrities who have taken up the challenge are actresses Dame Judi Dench and Miranda Richardson, pop star Pixie Lott, designer Sir Paul Smith and rugby star Lawrence Dallaglio. The eBay auction started on Sunday and bidding will close at midday on Sunday 27th May.

Dame Judi Dench’s pot, which is decorated with swirls and clouds, has so far attracted the highest price with a bid of £285. Pots by Hugh Bonneville and Rachel de Thame are also in demand with bids above the £200 mark.

Yesterday Rob Brydon and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen were at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show to present their finished pots. While Llewelyn-Bowen has produced a landscape painting on his, Brydon’s creation is in more of a graffiti style with a ‘Pot You Looking At?’ slogan etched around the rim. Brydon jokingly declared his effort to be “rubbish” compared to the designer’s and admitted: “It’s a pathetic play on words that took me about six to seven seconds to think up.”

It’s the taking part that counts though as the money raised from the auction will go towards supporting the RHS’ work with schools.

Sue Biggs, RHS Director General said: “The funds will support our ambition to get every school pupil gardening outdoors, benefiting from physical activity and learning about healthy eating, wildlife, plants and the environment, whilst also developing responsibility, resilience and a readiness to learn. Oh, and having lots of fun too!”

The RHS Campaign for School Gardening helps more than half of all schools in Britain to get pupils growing.

All the pots are on display in the RHS Life section at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and bids are currently being accepted through www.rhs.org.uk/potart .

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