Tomato Heritage Project - Open Day
We threw open the doors to Roger and Sandra Robilliard's greenhouse so people could come to see our tomatoes being grown in the traditional arch method under the expertise of Bert Fallaize. The plants looked magnificent with huge bunches of tomatoes ripening on the stems.
Social historian Peter Brehaut was on hand in the tomato museum to talk to people about the industry's rich history.
Around 200 people visited during the afternoon, many of them had been involved in the industry growing the 'Guernsey Tom' themselves or remembering their grandfather or father doing so. Others had worked at the Tomato Marketing Board or Box Factory - making the 'chips' which were used to export the fruit. Children and grandchildren came to find out more about this important period of our history. Visitors too enjoyed a glimpse in to the past.