More than 500 UK garden centres participated in Garden Re-Leaf Day, running special events to get the gardening season off to a flying start whilst raising valuable funds for children’s hospice garden charity Greenfingers along the way.
Aylett Nurseries were judged to hit the top spot by organising and promoting a variety of different activities that involved and engaged their customers – from a Mad Hatter’s Day to a Tree of Wishes, raising money through sales of Thompson and donated seeds and collection boxes.
The garden centre also held Garden Re-Leaf’s celebrity-set Gardening Quiz, attracting over 100 people to their coffee house for cheese, wine and gardening general knowledge.
The competition was judged by Boyd Douglas-Davies, founder of Garden Re-Leaf and CEO of Hillview Garden Centres, Sue Allen, Garden Re-Leaf committee member and former managing director of Millbrook Garden Company, Nicola Bacon, group communications and PR manager at Westland Horticulture and Michelle Whitefoot, managing director or Whitefoot-Forward PR.
"We were blown away by the entries we received from garden centres based all over the country, telling us about the events and activities they hosted. The support they have shown for Garden Re-Leaf has been fantastic, with many coming up with completely original ideas and raising an incredible amount of money for Greenfingers too."