Publicity manager, Chris Day said: “There’s a much more orderly approach to Christmas this year and our customers are planning accordingly. We know anecdotally that many of our customers have been buying a real tree for the very first time or purchasing a second tree for decorating outside to help bring some much welcome Christmas cheer to the neighbourhood.”
For the second year running the garden centre has been working with a local UK charity, Ripple Africa, to help raise money and awareness of tree planting in Malawi. The garden centre pledged 50p to the charity for every Christmas tree sold, with two trees will be planted in Malawi for every donation.
Geoffrey Furber, the founder of Ripple Africa said: “A huge thank you to Buckingham Garden Centre and their customers for supporting our tree planting project in Malawi. Not only does each 50p enable people to plant two trees, it also contributes to our community forest conservation work both of which help the local communities and their environment.”
To donate to Ripple Africa’s plant a tree campaign, you can visit the Ripple Africa website www.rippleafrica.org/xmastree or text one of the following numbers:
- To Donate £3 to plant 12 trees text: XMASTREE to 70331
- To Donate £5 to plant 20 trees text: XMASTREE to 70970
- To Donate £10 to plant 40 trees text: XMASTREE to 70191
Ripple Africa plants two million trees each year. To date Ripple Africa have planted over 17 million trees with tree planting farmers and their families in Malawi. www.rippleafrica.org.