Retailers invited to compete for a visit from David Domoney as part of Garden Re-Leaf Day 2014 campaign

Garden centres taking part in Garden Re-Leaf Day 2014 are being invited to take part in a competition to win a visit from ITV gardener David Domoney for a day who will offer a series of expert talks for customers.

The visit to the winning garden centre will take place on Sunday 16th March 2014 - the Sunday immediately after Garden Re-Leaf Day which kicks off the gardening season.

The closing date for garden centres to enter the competition is 7th February 2014. Any garden retailer registering their participation in Garden Re-Leaf Day by 7th February is eligible to enter.  To register, garden centres are being asked to email info@gardenreleaf.co.uk with their garden centre details, for inclusion in Garden Re-Leaf Day and on the website.  Then centre can use the same email address by 7th February to enter the ‘Gardening Date with David’ competition. Entrants are asked to state how they would make the most of David Domoney's visit. 

The winner will be notified by 12th February. The winning retailer will be encouraged to make Domoney's visit a ticketed event, with proceeds going towards Garden Re-Leaf Day’s nominated charity for 2014, the Greenfingers ‘Rosy Cheeks’ appeal – the nationwide charity dedicated to building gardens in children’s hospices around the UK.

Garden Re-Leaf Day takes place on Friday 14th March 2014 and across the weekend, raising money for charity whilst launching the garden retailing season.

Many garden industry suppliers will also be offering special Garden Re-Leaf Day product and plant promotions to help retailers raise further funds through sales. 

Since 2012 Garden Re-Leaf Day participants have raised more than £116,000 for the cause; enabling several life-enhancing hospice gardens to be created.  

Expert ITV gardener David is currently co-presenting ITV’s prime time gardening show, Love Your Garden, and is one of the most decorated garden designers in the UK having won 27 Royal Horticultural Society medals. 

He is an active supporter of Garden Re-Leaf Day, and is launching his second Cultivation Street campaign – a national, joint initiative with the HTA aiming to boost communities by transforming front gardens and community gardens – during Garden Re-Leaf weekend. 

How to get involved in Garden Re-Leaf Day 2014:

  • To register your participation in Garden Re-Leaf Day 2014, and find out more about activity and product opportunities, email the organising team at info@gardenreleaf.co.uk as soon as possible
  • To enter the ‘Gardening Date with David’ competition, email info@gardenreleaf.co.uk by 7th February 2014, putting ‘Gardening Date with David’ in the subject line.  Then, including your full address and contact details, tell us in 200 words or less how you would make the most of David’s visit on 16th March as part of Garden Re-Leaf Day. 
  • To run the Garden Re-Leaf Day Celebrity Gardening Quiz, order an organiser’s pack (£100) from 01993 871456 or email pat@gca.org.uk
  • More information about Garden Re-Leaf Day can be found at www.gardenreleaf.co.uk, by following @GardenReLeaf on Twitter, and on Facebook

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