Garden Releaf Brave the Shave and Douglas-Davies walk news

The 10th annual Garden Re-Leaf saw a series of events nationwide, designed to kick off the gardening season and to raise money for the children's hospice gardens charity Greenfingers, with £35,000 already pledged.

Sue Allen
Sue Allen

On 19 March at 11am, to mark the 10th anniversary of Garden Re-leaf Day, Greenfingers’ annual fundraiser, Millbrook’s Sue Allen and Tammy Woodhouse has their heads shafed at their Gravesend centre. All money raised will be used by Greenfingers Charity to help fund a new garden planned for local hospice, Demelza, in Sittingbourne, Kent.

Sue Allen said: “As chairman of Greenfingers, I’m conscious of the fact that so many of the events we would normally rely on to help raise huge sums didn’t take place last year and may not happen in 2021…so, in an effort to make a big difference by raising at least £10,000 on the 10th Garden Re-leaf."

Garden ReLeaf founder Boyd Douglas-Davies, of British Garden Centres, aimed to walk115km, the distance from Brigg Garden Centre to Harrogate Garden Centre on a cross-trainer in 24 hours.

However, his right knee seized up and he now aims to complete the walk when the joint is sorted out, adding: "I currently can't bend it!"

Meanwhile, AMES UK staff from Apta, La Hacienda, Kelkay and True Temper will be headed out on Friday for individual socially distanced walks in support of Garden Re-Leaf day to raise £2,000 for Greenfingers with more than 100,000 steps pledged.

Among other events were a virtual quiz hosted by designer Ann Marie Powell.

Other industry businesses involved in sponsored walks include Hornby Whitefoot PR, Deco-Pak and Primeur:

Evergreen Garden Care will be walking 1,000,000 steps:




Kate Ebbens of Capi UK:

£1 from every pot sold at Klondyke garden centres on March 19 will be donated to Garden Re-Leaf’s FUNdraising total.

Stihl reps will be competing against a team from their Approved Dealers, Sims Garden Machinery, both aiming to mow for 1,000 minutes over the next 10 weeks.  To donate £10 to support this challenge, text:  MOWTEN to 70085 (Texts cost £10 plus your standard rate message).

Hannah Powell and Perrywood Garden Centre are skipping through March. Each day they will be adding one extra minute to her skipping, ending the month on 31 continuous minutes of skipping:

The Garden Design Company will donate a day’s salary to the Garden Re-Leaf Day and carry out free design consultations (in return for a donation to support the work of Greenfingers) to coincide with Garden Re-Leaf, with 10 consultations already booked.

QVC, including Richard Jackson and Michael Perry, will donate from TV shopping sales on March 27.

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