Garden industry called to Greenfingers It's A Knockout

The Greenfingers' Knockout Challenge, will take place at the Garden Centre Association Crowne Plaza Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire on January 22.

Deborah Skillicorn, director of marketing and fundraising at Greenfingers, which creates gardens at children’s hospices nationwide, said:

"The event is being organised by the Garden Centre Association (GCA) as part of its annual conference. We hope lots of people from the horticultural industry sign up for the fundraising challenge.

"The Knockout Challenge is based on the BBC1 game show ‘It’s a Knockout’. There will be colourful inflatables, costumes, props, water and bubbles. We are looking for eight teams of eight people each to take part.

"Last year the GCA held a rugby match in aid of Greenfingers at its annual conference and collected £16,000 from the event. The money was raised by companies in the horticultural industry sponsoring the rugby shirts and through an auction.

"We are delighted that the GCA will once again be hosting a fundraising activity for us in 2012. The money will be raised once again through shirt sponsorship and an auction. The GCA and its members’ support is greatly appreciated."

GCA chief executive Gillie Westwood said:

"We are very excited about the Greenfingers’ Knockout Challenge. We hope lots of people from the industry sign up to make the event a huge success. The challenge will take place in the hotel’s grounds and will be followed by a supper for players and supporters."


The annual GCA Conference is a two-day event starting on Monday, January 23. Visitors to the 2012 event will be able to see presentations by one of the top motivational speakers in the world, Michael Heppell, and by Andrew McMillan, Principal Consultant at Charteris PLC.

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