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Crawley garden centre asks residents to ‘Name the Rose’

Haskins’ popular ‘Name the Rose’ competition is back and will see the winning rose go on sale to the public.



To celebrate one of the UK’s favourite flowers, Haskins Garden Centre has re-launched an exclusive ‘Name the Rose’ competition across all four of its centres.

The competition, which is now open, closes on Saturday March 31. Crawley residents and Haskins customers are encouraged to visit and fill in the entry form for the chance to win the rose and see the name used in all Haskins’ centres.

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This year’s rose is a scented floribunda with apricot coloured semi-double flowers. The rose produces sprays of flowers from June to September, growing up to heights of 1.5m. The variety is fully hardy and can handle full sun and partial shade. This particular rose grows on average 25 petals each.

Lisa Looker, brand director at Haskins Garden Centres, said:

“This was one of our most popular competitions last year, with over 400 entries and we are delighted to bring it back for 2018. The rose is such a versatile flower and means so many different things to people. Suiting any type of garden, the rose is grown in a vast amount of colours and varieties.”

The winner of the competition will be notified by the end of April and will be invited into their local centre and presented with the rose.

The garden centre group’s renowned Rose Festival returns from May 17 to July 26 and will see the winning rose go on sale to the public. Haskins will also sell 200 other types of roses, including the new range of roses from Peter Beales Roses and David Austin Roses.

Alasdair Urquhart, Haskins’ in-house plant expert, said:

“Roses are hungry plants that respond well to generous feeding. They grow well in almost any well drained soil and benefit from a mulch of well-rotted manure during the winter.

“To keep the rose in good condition, regular dead heading is advised. Ideally, roses should be planted in an area exposed to sunlight, but with partial shade.”

Haskins has centres in Ferndown in Dorset, West End in Southampton as well as Roundstone and Snowhill in West Sussex. For more information visit

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Is your name Lucy or Lucia? Then you could win a trip to St Lucia with Virgin Holidays

Ahead of International Women’s Day on Friday 8 March, Virgin Holidays is shining a light on St Lucia – the only place in the world to be named after a woman, Saint Lucie – by giving its namesakes across the UK a free chance to visit.



Virgin Holidays travel consultants Lucy Messina (age 31), Lucy Hudson (age 31) and Lucy McManus (age 23) in their namesake country, St Lucia, to launch the campaign ahead of International WomenÕs Day.

New research* commissioned by One Poll reveals that two thirds of British women struggle to take holidays, due to the pressures of balancing work and family life.  

Furthermore, only  5% of Brits can recall the only country named after a woman, compared to more than double the amount who can name at least one of the 23 countries named after a man.

Virgin Holidays travel consultants Lucy Messina (age 31), Lucy Hudson (age 31) and Lucy McManus (age 23) in their namesake country, St Lucia, to launch the campaign ahead of International WomenÕs Day.

To kick off the St Lucia and International Women’ celebrations, three Virgin Holidays travel consultants who share their namesake with the nation, Lucy Messina, Lucy McManus and Lucy Hudson, travelled to St Lucia to check the island out for themselves.

Lucy Hudson, Virgin Holidays Travel Consultant, said:

“Saint Lucia is such an incredible country with beautiful scenary and beautiful people. I’m so proud to be able to claim the same name an link to the only nation it the world named after a woman – and now Lucys all over the UK have the chance to experience it too.”

Joe Thompson, Managing Director of Virgin Holidays, added:

“We wanted to celebrate St Lucia’s place in the world – the one country named after a woman – by empowering St Lucie’s namesakes, Lucys and Lucias across the UK, with the opportunity to visit this tropical island paradise. We believe that everyone can take on the world and this International Women’s Day – we want to focus on the females who are doing just that.”

St Lucia was named by French explorers who discovered the island in the Caribbean sea, and named it after St Lucy of Syracuse who was a Christian martyr, who died via persecution of the Roman Empire in 304AD.

St Lucia’s female roots continue to ring true as women shape the destination it is today. The nation boasts the third highest number of female bosses per capita in the world with over 50% of management roles held by women**.

Tiffany Howard, acting CEO of the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, said:

“We commend everyone’s contribution to the growth and success of travel and tourism in Saint Lucia. On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the efforts and achievements of women in particular.  It’s an opportunity to pay tribute to the thousands of women in Saint Lucia, and the millions across the world who make a positive difference.”

The ability to win a free flight is available between March 7 – March 11 and is eligible for anyone in Britain with the name “Lucy” or “Lucia” on their passport.  To enter, and to read full terms and conditions, visit

*According to consumer research of 1,000 British people commissioned by Virgin Holidays and conducted by OnePoll in February 2019.

**According to research from the International Labor Organisation

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