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NEWS EXTRA


NEWS EXTRA


INDUSTRY DIGS DEEP FOR GARDEN RE-LEAF


Last month’ s Garden Re-Leaf Day was once again a blooming success with almost £65,000 already pledged to Greenfingers charity , thanks to the tireless


enthusiasm of the garden industr y and others who participated in events and


promotions all over the country .


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he


annual


Garden Re-Leaf Walk raised a whopping £15,000 but that figure is still


rising, say


organisers. Over 70 people from garden retailers, suppliers and manufacturers walked a sponsored 10 or 20-mile circuit through the Buckinghamshire countryside on March 16.


End Garden Centr e in Wendover the participants wer e put through their paces on a gruelling walk in the very muddy Chiltern hills. Teams from Viitax, Elho, Mr FoVitax, Elho, Mr Fother gill’s, Glee, Hornby Whitefoot PR, GIMA, Briers, HTA, Cadix, Kew Green Hotels and many others donned their walking boots for the scenic route, taking in some stunning sights, including Coombe Hill and a section of the historic Ridgeway. Organisers, gave a special mention to Greenfingers Charity vice-chairman and former Squire’s managing director Dennis Espley who was the first to cross the finish line following his 10-mile walk. Special thanks was also given to


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Mr Fothergill’s, which raised just over £3,000 for the walk and the cycle challenge through Just Giving. Meanwhile, the Glee team raised just over £800 through cakes sales, serving up breakfast for colleagues and other fundraising activities in their office.


The team at Hornby Whitefoot PR raised £725, with a mention to Robbie Cumming, who livestreamed parts of the walk on his Yo T


Tubh l


encouraging many of his 5,500 narr owboat subscribers to donate, whilst the staff at HT £1,200. GIMA’s V


TA raised a huge Vicky Nuttall and


HTA


her tr usty companion Ruby the dog raised an impr essive £600.


Garden Re-Leaf Cycle Challenge This


year saw the inaugural


Garden Re-Leaf Cycle Challenge, with 15 intrepid bike enthusiasts taking on the endurance test of 50 or 100 miles.


Mr Fothergill’s was first across the finish line having completed the 100 miles route. Ian Clark from Taylor’s Bulbs completed his 100 miles in an impressive seven hours, raising over £400. A massive well done must also go to Chris Ramsden


Ta www.diyweek.net Matt Jackson from YouTube channel,


from Hozelock, who cycled the full distance of 100 miles - the first time he has cycled that far.


As if cycling 100 miles wasn’t tough enough, the inspiring T Truman from Briers also completed a 2.4-mile swim and 13 miles on the tr eadmill to raise money for Garden Re-Leaf.


nough, the inspiring Tara Ta Tr 12-hour Plantathons


Hillview Group CEO and Garden Re-Leaf


founder Boyd Douglas-


Davies set all 11 of his stores a challenge for this year’s Plantathon


– to plant 101 plants in 12 hours. Totalling an impressive 1,111 pots, £1 from every planter sold will go to Greenfingers


To


The staff at Squire’s Garden Centr es in Wo dirty


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y,, potting over 500 lovely bright and cheerful spring plants for Garden Re-Leaf, as well as their opening weekend.


Woking got their hands y,,


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w as al so a guest appearance by gardening expert and presenter Charlie Dimmock who also helped to plant her own containers in aid of Greenfingers.


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