Tomatoes raise cash for Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity

GREEN Erica Verity, the head of craft skills at HMS Sultan
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THEY say money doesn’t grow on trees, but it looks like it just may grow on tomato plants.

A tomato-growing competition at HMS Sultan has raised money for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

Competition judge Erica Verity said there were prizes for categories including the most aesthetically pleasing, the tastiest and best colour.

A wooden spoon was awarded to the weakest entry.

Ms Verity said: ‘HMS Sultan is a loyal supporter of the RNRMC and it’s heartening to witness the team engaging so enthusiastically with yet another competition’.

A healthy crop of 98 entrants each donated £1 and took up the challenge of growing a tomato from seed.

The grow-a-thon was organised by Darren Smith and Neil Vidler from the Saudi Hunter Project team.

HMS Sultan is the Royal Navy’s training centre in Gosport.

The RNRMC helps provide for military veterans and families especially those facing difficulties with child support, ill-health or old age.