Activities such as the 24 hour Plant-athon, the HTA hosted charity walk in Berkshire, Richard Jackson’s QVC shows and trade promotions from suppliers all helped the fifth annual garden industry charity day to its best result yet.
The 47 per cent increase in fundraising also lead to the ongoing total raised by all those taking part in Garden Re-Leaf Day to increase to £410,000.
Greenfingers trustee and Garden Re-Leaf Day founder Boyd Douglas-Davies announced the total raised in 2016 as exactly £140,000 in his annual address to attendees at the recent GIMA Awards - as well as next year’s date for the event - March 17.
The Hillview garden centres chief executive praised the combined efforts of the hundreds of garden centre teams, suppliers and individuals that took part, and finished by urging yet more to join in what continues to be one of the biggest and most rewarding charity events in the gardening industry.
Greenfingers head of fundraising Linda Petrons said: "The support we continue to receive from the garden industry is just amazing and enables us to continue our work creating very special gardens for children and families that spend time in hospicesright across the UK. Thank you so very much - we hope you will all continue to support us in the future."