Garden centres gear up for fund raising day to jump start the gardening season

Garden centres are preparing to take part in Garden Re-Leaf Day on 17 March - an industry-wide event that jump starts the gardening year with sales promotions and fundraising events benefiting the Greenfingers Charity.

Bob Hewitt
Bob Hewitt

Last year, Garden Re-Leaf raised more than £140,000 for the charity that builds recreational and therapeutic gardens in the grounds of children’s hospices.

Teams of industry walkers and the public are waking a 10 mile or 20 mile route from Scotsdales Garden Centre site at Horningsea via Cambridge city centre and the garden of Jesus College, to one of their other garden centre sites at Shelford.

Many other garden centres have agreed to carry out a 24-hour long Plant-athon. Bob Hewitt and the senior team at Klondyke Garden Centres are prepared to work all night planting up display pots
for their customers to buy.

There are also garden centre teams holding Garden Tea Party events throughout the 24 hours.

QVC presenter Richard Jackson and his many plant suppliers will sell throughout that weekend to raise funds for Greenfingers Charity.

Suppliers that provide support with products and promotions include Gardman, Briers, Cadix, Hozelock and Deco-Pak. Another industry-wide initiative called ‘Turn Old into Gold’, that disposes of old stock, is supported by distribution help received from Decco.

Details of all these initiatives and more can be found on the web site www.GardenReLeaf.co.uk.

  • Alan Roper will be speakng at this month's Garden Retail Summit 2017 - the leading independent knowledge and networking event for executives. Taking place in London on 23 February, this year's event will focus on growth, and include the opportunities and challenges of 'Brexit', learnings from the latest garden centre developments - and will be opened with a keynote address from John Cleland, CEO, Dobbies.  For more details and tickets go to: www.gardenretailawards.com/summit

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