No Gnomes to Go to

Organisers of this year’s Shrewsbury Flower Show are calling on people to offer homes to the Chelsea Flower Show Gnomes, who have been left homeless since the show closed in May.

After 100 years of being refused entry to this revered flower show, many gnomes rejoiced that they were allowed entry into the grounds of Chelsea and took up residence in some of the world’s most respected and iconic show gardens.

However, almost 50 days after Chelsea Flower Show drew to a close, the Shrewsbury Flower Show has been inundated with distraught Gnomes looking for a place to rest their weary heads, whilst they travel the length and breadth of the country looking for new homes. 

Nigel Pearson of Shrewsbury Flower Show said: “With less than a month to go before the 126th Shrewsbury Flower Show, we are determined to help the gnomes, and have offered them a place to stay across our two show days on the 9th and 10th August.  As a nation we have a duty to look after these mythical creatures- if you see a gnome, give it a home!”

These little creatures have been around in the UK since the early 1930s and are said to bring luck to the owner and the owner’s garden.

Gnorman Gnowinsky, head of the Rights for Gnomes association said: “We are grateful to The Shrewsbury Flower Show for allowing us to visit and rest for two days. This show is almost as old as we are and we are looking forward to seeing some of the displays. We have met many wonderful people on our travels but nothing beats a good homely garden. At any point this summer you see a lone Gnome? Give it a home.”

For anyone looking to donate their unwanted Gnome to a lovely home this summer, please bring it to the Secretary’s tent on 9th and 10th August. For more information on this year’s Shrewsbury Flower Show please visit www.shrewsburyflowershow.org or call 01743 234 050.

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