Bob Hewitt’s Klondyke held 12-hour Plantathons in six of their stores with the sales of potted containers donated to Greenfingers. The garden centres also raised money in their restaurants throughout the day. A special thanks to Apta and many other suppliers who supported the Plantathons around the country by supplying pots, plants and compost to create enticing containers for customers and bright spring colour for Garden Re-Leaf.

Garden centre events Many garden centres got quizzical for Garden Re-Leaf Day, with Poplars Garden Centre raising over £1,600 from its quiz evening, masterminds at Perrywood Garden Centre raised over £1,600, whilst all monies from general knowledge experts at Altons Garden Centre totalled £450. Tates Paradise Park held a garden quiz for local gardening clubs, as well as an auction of flower arrangements made by a local floristry group and

selling special Garden Re-Leaf Day cupcakes in the coffee shop.


Deputy Chairman Sarah Squire gets involved with the “Plantathon”

Railway Garden Centre raised a spectacular £1,000 for Greenfingers during their Garden Re-Leaf Fundraising Day and Quiz and Curry Night. Cakes and coffee were in high demand at garden centres such as Whitehall Lacock, Whitchurch and Woodborough who donated £1 from every hot drink and cupcake sold in their restaurants. The staff at Mr Fothergill’s head office baked green cakes to sell, while Haskins held staff cake sales at Snow Hill, at its headquarters in Ferndown and at its West End store. Downtown Garden Centre and A.H.S Ltd also produced their best bakes to raise money for Greenfingers. Raffles and tombola’s proved popular with both garden retailers and customers. Many were held across the country including Pondkeeper who held a raffle in their Billingham based shop to win pond planting goodies. Aylett’s Nurseries held a tombola and coffee morning instore, whilst in Wales, the Old Railway Garden Centre hosted an exciting raffle for customers and a fundraising curry night. Lucky shoppers at World’s End Garden Centre were treated to a raffle where they could win a barbecue donated by Outback Direct. Millbrook’s centres in Staplehurst, Gravesend and Crowborough all held fundraising events over the Garden Re-Leaf weekend which included crowd pleasing activities such as face painting, crafts, special animal guests, a ‘Char-i-Tea’ morning, planting demonstrations and a talk from their managing director, Tammy Woodhouse and Greenfingers Ambassador, Mark Lane. Regional sponsored walks were organised for those that couldn’t get to Wendover. Orchard Park staff walked approximately

QVC hosted a special gardening show on the Sunday, raising a total of £32,000 for Greenfingers

15 miles to Lakeside Garden Centre in Warminster. Once they arrived, Managing Director Richard Cumming threw down the gauntlet or “glovie” for Lakeside to walk to them next year which has been accepted by the owner, Nick Morgan.

The Hozelock team completed a sponsored 10km walk through the beautiful surroundings of Sutton Park, a national nature reserve close to their Birmingham site. Longacres fun day and sponsored walk which started at Shepperton and finished at Bagshot with a pit stop at their Chobham branch was such a great success that they plan to share their walk for others who may want to organise their own sponsored walk next year.

Industry promotions Manufacturers and suppliers gave their full support to Garden Re-Leaf. Rolawn donated £5 for every bulk bag of Beds & Borders Topsoil purchased on their website on the day and during the following week. Garden Innovations also sold charity packs of their best-selling Bottle Top Waterers.

Inspired by

the fun and bright colours and positive outlook of Garden Re-Leaf Day, a donation of 37p per charity pack sold went to Greenfingers.

QVC gets involved The Garden Re-Leaf fundraising and awareness continued over the weekend with a special QVC Gardening Show on Sunday, which raised a staggering £32,000 through the sales of plants, bulbs and garden sundries. Richard Jackson presented an exclusive programme on the channel with help from generous suppliers De Jager Bulbs, Marshalls, Hayloft Plants, Plants2Gardens, Montrose, Thompson & Morgan and Richard Jackson’s Garden. Over 21,000 gardening products

were sold online and within the shows on Sunday, March 18.


number of products sold out and Rupert Precious actually phoned Holland for further stock of Montrose of Guernsey’s 10 x Freesia Scented Cali Lily Bulbs, as they had sold out during the first hour. The figure takes the total QVC has raised for the charity since 2013 to £207,000.

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