Blue Diamond Fryer's Roses and Squire's donate to Greenfingers with plantathon

Fryer's Roses, part of the Blue Diamond Group, took part in a 24 hour "Plantathon" in aid of the Charity Greenfingers on 18 March, donating an initial five-figure sum to Greenfingers.

Alan Roper and Fryers manager Bijal Mistry
Alan Roper and Fryers manager Bijal Mistry

The volunteers potted 1,350 roses which will be sold in Blue Diamond centres during the season and the proceeds given to the charity.

Blue Diamond managing director Alan Roper, has decided that the company will contribute £10,000 in advance to the charity along with the public’s donations, so totalling £10,545.

Blue Diamond said it would like to thank all those who supported this event and look forward to participating next year when Roper plans to engage all Blue Diamond’s centres in raising funds for Greenfingers in some form.

Squire’s Garden Centres also held a 24-hour "Plant-athon" on the 17-18 March, and raised over £4,000 for Greenfingers.  Squire’s Managing Director Dennis Espley planted day and night joined by some special guests, including Andy McIndoe, who is one of the UK's leading horticulturists with a record 25 Gold Medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and Andrew Gill, who is the President of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture.  Customers came along to Squire’s to watch the Plant-athon, as did children from Badshot Lea Infant School. 

Specially planted up Spring pots from the Plant-athon were sold and 20 per cent from each sale was given to Greenfingers, to raise money for this fantastic charity. See:

Garden ReLeaf founder Boyd Douglas Davies, Klondyke's Bob Hewitt and Alton's Andy Bunker also took part in their own 24-hour Plantathons. They say the plantathon may become an annual event.

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