Garden Re-Leaf day passes £50,000 mark

Garden Re-Leaf Day on 22 March has seen £50,000 pledged.

The Garden Re-Leaf Sponsored Walk has raised £12,000 so far after 120 people garden retailers, suppliers and manufacturers along with teams from outside the garden industr,y walked a sponsored 5,10 or 20-mile circuit from World’s End Garden Centre in Wendover. Teams from Mr Fothergill’s Seeds, Vitax, Hozelock, Great British Cards, Elho, GIMA, HTA, DAC Ltd, Taylors Bulbs, Poplars Garden Centre, DLF Trifolium, Glee, Teleflex, Hornby Whitefoot PR and Kew Green Hotels took part.

The Garden Re-Leaf Cycle Challenge saw 29 cyclists take part.

Haskins and Thurrock Garden Centre both held a special raffle for customers, whilst Ayletts held a Goodwill Coffee Morning. CW Groves Nurseries also held a coffee morning and Gardeners Question Time.

Old Railway Line and Poplars Garden Centre had Curry & Quiz Nights. Paradise Park, Alton and Perrywood had quizzes. Whitehall Garden Centres donated £1 from the sale of every hot drink and cupcake sold in the restaurant, with a donation of £1 for every planter also sold. A 50p donation from every coffee or tea sold was pledged by Klondyke.

Blue Diamond donated £5 from the sale of every Fryers ‘Friend’ rose. Coolings Nurseries had a nursery tour took place, with donations from plant sales going to Greenfingers.

Hillview Garden Centres went ‘green’ for the day, while Longacres held a sponsored Static Cyclotron at its Bagshot centre. Rowan Garden Centre held a charity fundraising walk.  Squires Garden Centres donated from a Mother’s Day Planting Weekend. Sunshine Garden Centre ran Muddy Boots Gang Children’s activities.

STIH held a Garden Re-Leaf barbecue and car wash. Rolawn had a ‘Mucky Dip’ and cake sale. Mr Fothergills beat its £10,000 target with a Garden Re-Leaf Cycle Challenge, in-house static bike ride, bake sale and the ‘mushy pea challenge’.

QVC made a £1.50 donation from every plant or product sold during a Garden Re-Leaf/ Greenfingers show.

Norton Park Hotel will be holding a summer fete in the hotel grounds on May 27. Staff from Kew Green Hotel’s Holiday Inn Chester South walked up Snowdon.

Head of Fundraising and Communications Linda Petrons said: "I cannot thank people enough for their ongoing support and dedication to making Garden Re-Leaf Day such a continued success. Early indications show that we are on track to raise in excess of £70,00 – a truly incredible achievement. I am endlessly touched by the generosity, creativity and selflessness that so many demonstrate, both on Garden Re-Leaf Day, and throughout the year. Every penny makes a huge difference to those that use Greenfingers funded-gardens, so on behalf of them, and my team, the biggest possible thank you."

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