Some positive news for smallholders and allotmenteers as mail order fruit and vegetable specialist D.T. Brown has frozen its seed prices for 2018.

The move is in response to rising inflation in food prices and possible economic insecurity in the year ahead.

Tim Jeffries, D.T. Brown general manager said: "By freezing seed prices we hope to help gardeners on a fixed income plan their planting with confidence and allow them to continue growing the varieties they love.

“Although veg growers are usually a happy crew, high inflation and economic uncertainty are perhaps making us a little less positive but, by holding our seed prices, we’re hoping to lift gardeners’ spirits in a small way.”

In addition the 110 year old company has increased its range of 99p seed varieties to 41 and bolstered their overall range to 727, making it the widest range of vegetable seeds available on the market. All seed P&P charges have also been held at just 95p.