Tallest Hollyhock in Letchworth? Can you top it?

PUBLISHED: 12:03 29 July 2018

Peter Kingsley thinks he may have grown the tallest hollyhock in Letchworth. Picture: John Atkinson

Peter Kingsley thinks he may have grown the tallest hollyhock in Letchworth. Picture: John Atkinson

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A Letchworth gardener thinks he may have grown the tallest hollyhock in the town.

Peter Kingsley’s hollyhock is already 10ft high and still growing. The green-fingered 87-year-old says he has given the plant nothing but water.

He said: “I like gardening because at my age it is very important to keep active.

“I used to be president of the North Herts Road Runners running club, and also ran marathons – so now I want to keep fit as long as I can.

“Gardening also stops me sitting in front of the telly more than I should.

“I put out lots of food for the birds, all round my garden and I call them my little helpers.

“That’s because some of the bird seed falls on the ground and grows into things like unusual grasses and sunflowers. So they are doing a lot of planting for me!”

Peter spends a lot of his time gardening. and used to open his gate for the Norton Walkabout.


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