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Flash Mob: '100,000 Tomato Plants' hit Leicester Square

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Time 05:30
Date 20/05/11
Price Free
  • Produced by B&Q
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  • Get ready for the big tomato handout.
  • Bring along a mug of coffee.
  • See you at Leicester Square

Londoners will get a surprise on Friday morning when they cross Trafalgar Square to work, as it is set to be re-named Tomato Square as 100,000 tomato plants descend on the famous London landmark.

From 6:30am, a team of tomato dressed helpers from B&Q, will be giving away two lorry loads of tomato plants in a bid to get the capital growing their own fruit and veg. But get there early to avoid disappointment, as the gift of a Tomato plant is expected to be snapped up pretty quickly.
The Tomato Flash Grow is in partnership with the Capital Growth campaign, which offers practical help, grants, training and support to groups wanting to establish community food - growing projects in London. Capital Growth is a partnership between London Food Link, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson and the Big Lottery’s Local Food Fund, aiming to create 2,012 new community food-growing spaces across London, by the end of 2012.

Boris Johnson, said: "London has embraced the 'grow your own' revival as testified by the army of 35,000 volunteers involved in our Capital Growth scheme. This green fingered bunch is helping to beautify our city and bind communities together in a shared passion. I hope this tomato plant giveaway will entice a new crop of Londoners to get the gardening bug, put on some wellies and join up to Capital Growth.'
One lucky Londoner will also get the chance to visit The B&Q Garden at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show as one ticket will be hidden within a plant. The nine metre high vertical garden will be entirely edible to showcase how everyone can grow their own food, however large or small their outdoor space, from a large garden or a balcony, to the tiniest window-box.