Garden retailers raise money for charity

Garden centres are raising cash for charities in a variety of ways.

On March the 18-19 Klondyke chief executive Bob Hewitt will be taking part in a 24 hour Plant-athon to raise money for the Greenfingers charity. 

This will take place with the help of his staff at Byrkley Park Garden Centre near Burton-Upon-Trent. 

Hewitt said: "I would therefore be most grateful of any donation to help support this worthy cause. Donating to my JustGiving page is easy - just follow this link and click Donate."

#The charity money raised at Garden Retail Awards this month raised £1222.80 for Greenfingers.

#Gardenwise garden centre in Dumfries is set to raise £5,000 for Marie Curie by donating £2 for sales of 2,500 Gardman daffodil-shaped bird-feeders.

#Garsons in Titchfield, Hampshire raised £4,000 for the Rowans Hospice through donations to see reindeer this Christmas.

#Webbs garden centre on Saturday, March 5 will host 11 Young Enterprise companies representing schools throughout Bromsgrove, Redditch and Wyre Forest areas.

Young Enterprise is the UK’s largest enterprise education charity. The Company Programme, its flagship learning experience, is for students aged 15 to 19 and starts at the beginning of the academic year. Participating students form their own business, then develop and market a service or product.

#John Massey, of Ashwood Nurseries, has named High Flyers – which supports young adults with learning difficulties – as his centre’s charity of the year. Massey will open his three acre private garden to the public on a number of days in 2016, with the first taking place on Saturday, March 19, between 10am and 4pm.

#Last year’s Christmas grottos at Wyevale Birchencliffe and Pennine raised £10,656 for Kirkwood Hospice. Birchencliffe raised £5,116, while Pennine raised £5,540.

#Squire’s Garden Centres head office in Badshot Lea has raised £850 for the local charity Post 19.

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