Garden centre gives carrier bag tax to Greenfingers

Squire's Garden Centres revealed at Glee it will donate the 5p per carrier bag tax which comes in for retailers with 250+ full-time employees on 5 October, to Greenfingers.

John Ashley and Squire's Dennis Espley
John Ashley and Squire's Dennis Espley


Squire's deputy chairman Sarah Squire said: "We are delighted to support the work of Greenfingers and its garden projects for children in hospices. As a company we recognise the responsibility and opportunity we have to give back and make a difference in the communities in which we live and work. Squire’s will donate all profits from the 5p carrier bag tax to Greenfingers, to help them create stunning gardens that can be enjoyed by children and their families at hospices around the UK."


Greenfingers chairman John Ashley said: "We are absolutely thrilled and enormously grateful to have Squire’s Garden Centres support us for the first year of the carrier bag tax scheme.  Thanks to all at Squire’s, the money raised through the scheme really will make such difference to the lives of children and families who spend time in hospices."

The carrier bag tax can be given to any charity. Defra explains the details here.


To date, Greenfingers has created 49 gardens and outdoor spaces in children’s hospices, including a sensory garden at Shooting Star Chase in Godalming, Surrey, and a magical woodland walk at Chestnut Tree House in Arundel, Sussex.


Greenfingers recently launched it’s A Million Moments Appeal, which is aiming to raise £1 million to enable a further 5,000 children in hospices to benefit from inspiring gardens and outdoor spaces.


You can donate to Greenfingers on their Just Giving page:

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