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The Pineapple

The pineapple is a prime example of the exotic fruits which were grown in English nurseries. Originating from Paraguay and the Southern parts of Brazil, the pineapple became an extremely popular fruit in English markets and was readily associated with wealth and extravagance. The pineapple was so popular at Covent Garden Market it even became the sites emblem. Whilst there is some debate as to when... 

Tomatoes during the War

Whilst all of the nurseries specialized in their own personal produce the outbreak of World War 2 was to force all of the growers in the same direction. The days of roses and grapes were over as the government introduced new legislation banning the production of non-essential produce. Tomatoes were now the crop of choice and it was up to the growers, regardless of any problems they might have faced,... 

Land Girls

A shortage in strong, male workers was one of the many problems faced by the nurseries following the outbreak of war. A number of companies solved this issue by hiring Land Girls, those trusted female recruits from the Women`s Land Army who were willing to step in and do the jobs usually reserved for men. These determined women helped to ensure that life on “The Home Front” was as normal as possible,... 

Appeal to contributors

The producers of the Lea Valley Nursery programme are eager to hear from anyone who has cine film or photographs that might be of interest. Alongside interviews with a number of nurseries and Thomas Rochford himself, we will also be including the memories of former nursery workers. If you are happy to speak on camera and have a story to tell we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact John...