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Garden Re-Leaf events roundup

Don’t miss out!  Friday 17th March 2017

With just one week to go until the garden industry’s national fundraiser, we look at how things are shaping up for over 40 of the top independents and chains around the country. 

What’s happening at your garden centre? 

Adrian Hall is holding a Vintage Tea Party with raffle, between 2:30pm and 4:30pm, charging customers a £3 donation for the tea party, and extra for tickets to enter the raffle.

Aylett’s Garden Centre’s ‘Mad Hatter Day’ will see attendees pay a £2 donation to enter a best hat competition, with a tombola also on offer.  Pippa Greenwood will appear as a guest garden speaker, demonstrating Haxnicks’ products followed by a Q&A – free or all to attend, thanks to sponsorship from Tildenet.

British Garden Centres – the Hornsea store has just signed up and has pledged to cycle a whopping 600 miles in-store, with customers making donations in support of staff members taking part.

Chessington Garden Centre will be donating a percentage from the sale of drinks, pots and gardening sets, including £1 per sale of 2 litre pots of ‘Anemone Harmony’ and Briers’ #Gluvie Kids Gardening Sets (50p of which goes directly to Greenfingers).

Cleeve Nursery, Bristol – Alan Down’s private and stock plant collection of Hellebores will be on view between 10 am and 4 pm, limited to just 12 persons every 15 minutes throughout the day (due to the size and accessibility of the uniquely shaped garden).

Coletta and Tyson Garden Centre near Hull will be hosting a Dr Seuss themed fundraiser, with a bake sale, raffle and Dr Seuss character hunt around the centre with staff dressing up as various characters from the books. http://www.colettagardencentre.co.uk/events/view/greenfingers-re-leaf-day/

Fairweather Garden Centre in Beaulieu has a raffle, helped by suppliers Woodlodge and Rockingham who have donated products, with a green cake sale raising further funds.

Haskins Garden Centres has launched their spring raffle, drawing winners on the day, with additional fundraising coming from cake sales.  The raffles have been on display since the beginning of the week, across all stores, and is already generating a large amount of interest from customers according to the team.  www.haskins.co.uk/locations

Langlands Garden Centres in Whinmoor, Loxely and Shiptonthorpe – staff will be showing their support for Greenfingers by going green, selling green buns and holding a special plant pot tombola.

Longacres, Bagshot – Will and the team are planning three full days of fundraising to inspire their customers to get involved and part with their cash to help Greenfingers Charity continue their work creating magical gardens for life limited children and their families.

Millbrook Garden Centre, Crowborough, has it’s big Spring Launch, 17th-19th March, and will involve several events; including a coffee & cake morning, an amazing animal world experience where children can handle hedgehogs and chameleons, planting demonstrations, raffles, and many more family activities.  http://www.millbrookgc.co.uk/whats-on/crowborough/spring-launch-weekend

Old Railway Line, Brecon will be supporting Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day again this year with a raffle and fundraising activities throughout the day, followed by its popular curry and quiz night, hosted by owner Mark Cleary.

http://www.oldrailwaylinegc.co.uk/Upcoming-Events/

Perrywood Garden Centre, Tiptree, will once again be hosting a quiz night as well as collecting loose change and hosting other fundraising activities throughout the day.

Paradise Park, Newhaven, will be selling specially decorated cakes and later in the day, holding a gardening themed quiz for all their customers.

Pondkeeper will be supplying various pond equipment items towards a special raffle being held at their shop in Billingham.

Rolawn staff have also pledged much needed supplier support with a fairground themed event on Garden Re-Leaf Day to raise money for Greenfingers.

Squire’s Garden Centre in Hersham will be delighting gardeners at their newly refurbished Café Bar.  Visitors will be able to enjoy a gardener’s afternoon tea hosted by Colin Squire as they are entertained with live music from guitarist John Canham, famous for playing with Seal and Tracy Ullman.

http://www.squiresgardencentres.co.uk/events/gardeners-delight-afternoon-tea-party-at-squires-hersham-only/

Thetford Garden Centre are the latest to pledge Garden Re-Leaf day support, with fundraising activities to be announced soon.

Whitehall Garden Centre is hosting a raffle on Garden Re-Leaf Day and then inviting the winning raffle ticket holders back in to the garden centre for a special welcome and to collect their prize.

 

Plant-athons – 16 centres and counting

Hillview Garden Centres have got every single one of its 11 garden stores running a Mega Plant-athon, with the aim of each planting 101 pots, that’s 1,111 in total, and then trying to see who can sell them in the shortest amount of time!

Orchard Park, who held its first successful Garden Re-Leaf Day in 2016, is pushing itself further this year with the 24 hour Plant-athon challenge.  Managing Director Richard Cumming will be joined by the Orchard Park team including managers Gavin and Clairey, and also his son Robbie Cumming, who as Garden Re-Leaf social media manager will be live streaming the event with shout outs to supporters and helping to spread awareness of the event @GardenReleaf on Twitter and www.facebook.com/gardenreleaf. 50% of Plant-athon sales will go to Greenfingers, and support for planting materials has been pledged by Scotts Miracle Gro, Woodlodge and Tom Chambers.  www.justgiving.com/orchiep-plantathon

Alton Garden Centre’s 24 Hour Plant-athon from last year

Klondyke – Byrkley Park in Burton upon Trent are hosting their second 24 hour Plant-athon with Bob Hewitt and team taking on the challenge and getting customers involved, encouraging them to help design customised arrangements.

Klondyke – Houghton Hall in Carlisle will also be taking on the almighty 24 hour Plant-athon challenge this Garden Re-Leaf Day and will aim to create hundreds of beautifully planted pots, some custom made to order for customers to buy in support of Greenfingers Charity.

Klondyke- Mayfield Hall in Kelso will join their sister stores, looking to plant continuously for 24 hours, encouraging customers to pick their brains for planting tips throughout and encouraging bespoke pot orders from customers.

Alton Garden Centre in Wickford – Director Andy Bunker is the latest to pledge support for the mammoth 24 Hour Plant-athon challenge, announcement and details to follow.

Head of Fundraising and Communications, Linda Petrons said: “On behalf of us all at Greenfingers Charity, I’d like to say a million thanks to all those garden centres, suppliers and individuals who have already pledged their support this year. We are totally overwhelmed by the generosity of this amazing industry who do so much to help Greenfingers Charity make a real difference to children, and their families who spend time in hospices.”

Anyone can take part in Garden Re-Leaf Day or provide additional sponsorship – just contact Linda in the Fundraising Team by email – linda@greenfingerscharity.org.uk or call the Greenfingers office on 01494 674749.

 


Mega Plant-athons!

The Garden Re-Leaf Day Plant-athons this year will look to bring an added element of excitement to garden centres when they begin towards the end of next week (from 16th March).  Featuring inter-store competitiveness, a father and son team, and tests of stamina and speed – this year’s participants will be looking to raise more than £23,000 for Greenfingers.

 

Check out the JustGiving Garden Re-Leaf fundraising event page here: www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/greenfingers/gardenreleafplantathon

Supporting the event nationwide are Elho – supplying pots, and Floramedia – suppling labels – both boosting value to every plant being sold during and after the plant-athons.

Never one to rest on his laurels, the event’s founder Boyd Douglas-Davies (who on the day will be taking part in the Garden Re-Leaf Walk) is planning on upping the ante with ‘Mega-thons’ taking place in every one of his 11 Hillview stores.  But what is a Mega-thon?!

Boyd explains: “This year I really wanted to get all my teams involved in the fundraising.  And because I’m so nice I decided I’d let them off the 24hr aspect… and get them all planting from 9am on Garden Re-Leaf Day!  Each Hillview store will plant 101 spring containers and then the race is on to see which store can sell them the fastest! As a group we’ll plant 1,111 containers so it’s going to be more than a grand effort!”

Plant-athon and Garden Re-Leaf founder Boyd giving us the thumbs up!

Orchard Park, who held their first Garden Re-Leaf Day last year, are pushing themselves further this year with the 24hr Plant-athon challenge.  Managing Director Richard Cumming is going to be joined by his son Robbie Cumming of Hornby Whitefoot PR, who will be live streaming the event in his role as Garden Re-Leaf Day social media manager (@GardenReleaf on Twitter and on Facebook too – www.facebook.com/gardenreleaf).  The father and son duo will be joined by other members of Orchard Park, including managers Gavin and Clairey, customers, family and friends – and George Bullivant from Gardenforum.co.uk. www.justgiving.com/orchiep-plantathon

Bob Hewitt (Klondyke) along with fellow Klondyke colleagues Abbie McHolm, David Yardley, David Abbott & Karen Feeney will once again be taking part, joined this year by fellow long term Greenfingers supporter and newly appointed ambassador for the charity, Andy Bunker of Alton Garden Centre.

 


Garden Re-Leaf Walk 2017

Garden Re-Leaf Day walkers boosted by sponsors

On Garden Re-Leaf Day – Friday 17th March 2017 – the third annual Garden Re-Leaf walk will take place in Cambridge.   A record breaking 85 walkers have signed up to take part, looking to rake in over £12,000 for Greenfingers and spread awareness for the industry’s main fundraising day.

 

If you would like to register to take part in the walk or provide additional sponsorship contact Linda in the Fundraising Team by email – linda@greenfingerscharity.org.uk or call the Greenfingers office on 01494 674749.  Alternatively, fill in the simple form available on line at www.gardenreleaf.co.uk/gardenreleafwalk2017 and sign up today!

 

Walkers this year will choose from two routes – 10 or 20 miles – taking in the sights of Jesus college and Cambridge University botanical gardens, with a special detour for those with dogs.  Both routes start at Scotsdales Horningsea at 10am, and finish at Scotsdales Great Shelford.

 

Supporters

The main sponsors of the walk are Scotsdales, who as well as hosting the start and finish of the fundraiser, will also enter a team of walkers and stage some fundraising of their own at the finish line.  Top Milton Keynes club rower Heidi Towse will be running 10 miles and then rowing a further 10 in front of customers with the aid of a static rowing machine in the Great Shelford store.

Solex organisers LOFA (the Leisure and Outdoor Furniture Association), will be taking part in the walk and providing a special barbecue at the finish line to inspire hungry walkers!

Kelkay and Garden Trade News are sponsoring the T-shirts being worn by participants, which will feature logos from the other 2017 sponsors.

Briers will be issuing a free pair of Greenfingers gloves to every participant, to help aid awareness for the day as everyone takes to Twitter and Instagram with their #Gluvies photos.

Cadix are sponsoring one of the support vehicles that will weave between various points of the route, helping where needed.

SBM Life Sciences are helping to plan the route, are providing water stations and sponsoring the medals – a first for any Garden Re-Leaf Day event.

Hozelock are sponsoring goodie bags.

Quinton Edwards – the garden industry property specialists are supplying a driver and car to support the Greenfingers team.

Outback are supplying one of its fantastic barbecues to feed the walkers at the finish line.

Greenfingers Head of Fundraising, Linda Petrons, said: “The Garden Re-Leaf walk, especially with the two separate routes we’re running this year, can cost a lot of time and money in terms of organising and logistics. Getting T-shirts made, refreshments and support vehicles for example all cost money – so we are of course humbled by the generosity from all of our supporters this year.”

The walkers

Jackie Eades Briers
Charlotte Prentice Briers
Matt Jackson* Briers
Mandy James Briers
Sharmini Martin Briers
Tristan Sissons Briers
Lolly Lee The Orangery
Kate Ebbens Cadix
Heather Black Cadix
Danni Faulkner Cadix
Peter Guinness Cadix
Alison Hawker Cadix
Rebecca Hawker Cadix
Robert Montano Cadix
Caroline Smith Cadix
Doug Hill Cadix
Jason Perrins Gardman
Gemma King Gardman
Vicky Nuttall GIMA
Craig Hall* Deco-Pak
Richard Pyrah Kelkay
Al Shepherd Kelkay
John Ducker Kelkay
Simon McArdle Westlands
Tom Clamp Westlands (+18 walkers TBC)
Natalie Searle Crest Garden
Kim Huynh Crest Garden
Darren Brown SBM Life-Sciences
Lisa Barrow SBM Life-Sciences
Peter Clowes SBM Life-Sciences
Ashley Clowes SBM Life-Sciences
Mandy Castle SBM Life-Sciences
Ian Rowland SBM Life-Sciences
Emma Knight SBM Life-Sciences
Neil Holloway SBM Life-Sciences
Lowri Walker, Nia, Mark Allen, Adam Parke, Ilona, Hayley Fordham, Donna Gallo, Karen Tate, Andy Redfield SBM Life-Sciences Relay Team
Tim Jeffries Mr Fothergill’s
David Carey Mr Fothergill’s
Ian Cross Mr Fothergill’s
Alison Roberts Mr Fothergill’s
Alison Mulvaney Mr Fothergill’s
Richard Keegan Mr Fothergill’s
Samantha Broadway Mr Fothergill’s
Ralph Fitter Vitax
Simon Quinton Smith Quinton Edwards
Trevor & Karen Pfeiffer GTN
Kimberley Hornby Hornby Whitefoot
Heidi Towse Frosts Garden Centre
David Nicholson Elho
Craig Keyworth Elho
Adam Last Elho
Louise Haskins Elho
Bobby Fisher Elho
Chris Houfe Great British Cards
Matthew Mein Ascential (Glee)
Fernanda Pinto Ascential (Glee)
Luke Murphy Ascential (Glee)
Hinesh Taylor Ascential (Glee)
Boyd Douglas Davies Greenfingers Trustee
Team from Hillview
Team from Kew Green Hotels
Nicholas Clarkson Scotsdales
Jennifer Ferro Scotsdales
Shelagh Ward Scotsdales
Peter Jackson Scotsdales
Jane Lawler Jane Lawler Assocs
Paul Steane Scomac
Nick Carey Abacus Cards

 

*Craig and Matt are aiming to raise £250 by running the whole length of the route – more info here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Craig-Hall19

Linda Petrons, Head of Fundraising at Greenfingers Charity added: “The walk is open to absolutely anyone working in or alongside the garden industry as the list demonstrates.  It’s a great opportunity to raise funds, excellent for team building and a good way to spend time with colleagues and acquaintances away from the office.”

 


10 Fundraising ideas for garden centres

Garden Re-Leaf: 10 Fundraising ideas for garden centres

The sixth annual Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day will take place nationally on the 17th March 2017, with many events continuing throughout the weekend.  The 24hr Plant-athon, which was a runaway success last year, is being rolled out to more garden centres, and the Garden Re-Leaf Walk boasts a huge uptake in registrations and aims to be both more inclusive and challenging. 

Over the last six years, a whole host of garden centre fundraising ideas have been launched, tried and tested.  Here are the top 10, with tips on how to make them a success in your garden centre…

  1. 24 hr Plant-athon

Alton Garden Centre, Blue Diamond, Hillview, Klondyke, and Hillier have already committed to the event for a second year running.  Orchard Park in Dorset is the latest to sign up, with more expected to follow between now and the 17th March.  But time is running out!  If your garden centre is looking to register for Garden Re-Leaf Day, contact Linda at Greenfingers as soon as possible, via linda@greenfingerscharity.org.uk or by calling the Greenfingers office on 01494 674749.

Dennis Espley and Andy McIndoe’s 24 Hour Plantathon

  1. General Knowledge Quiz

Independent garden centres with a loyal local following, such as Perrywood in Essex, have turned this into an annual evening long event, providing food and allowing participants to bring a bottle. The questions don’t have to be about gardening, and as it’s St Patrick’s Day you might want to make that your theme!  Drinking responsibly of course…!

  1. Raffle

It’s a popular choice for a reason and that is that it raises a great deal of money, and can be done in conjunction with suppliers.  Last year, Monkton Elm in Taunton experienced an increase in footfall and sales as a direct result of their raffle.  Shoppers bought tickets, and the winners returned to collect their prizes – resulting in further money spent in the café, and on plants and other items on the way out.

Cant beat a good raffle!

  1. Bake or book sale

If you’ve got a café and a farm shop this is ideal – but even without either you can still put on a bake sale.  Or a book sale.  Or a mixture of the two!  The more creative the better.  Fairweather’s in Hampshire are keeping it on brand – selling special green Garden Re-Leaf cakes throughout the weekend.

  1. Sponsored cycle

Whether your staff members are fitness freaks or salad dodgers – a sponsored cycle is the perfect excuse for exercise!  You can set yourselves a challenge that links in with a theme – for example, Coolings cycled 220 miles to Buckingham palace last year to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.  A great way to entertain and engage with your customers, who can sponsor and donate as they shop.

  1. Create a display from trade promotions

Suppliers such as Gardman sold a range of products last year, with a Greenfingers Charity Tree Mat and Cole & Bright Solar Hanging Jars raising 50p from each item sold, as well as 20p from each Hanging Basket Coco Liner.  This year, Deco-Pak has pledged to donate 5p from each small bag of their new play sand on orders placed in March.

Gardman’s Charity Tree Mat

  1. Open garden

Alan Down at Cleeve Nurseries is opening up his private Hellebore collection (http://www.cleevenursery.co.uk/events)- why not organise something similar with a local garden writer or private landowner?

  1. Wishing Tree

The premise is as simple as it is effective – place a potted tree within the main sales area, accessible enough so that children and adults can easily and safely add a note – or write a wish on the back of a star in the case of Whitehall’s in Bristol.  Customers will enjoy being able to express their wishes and will eagerly donate for the privilege.

  1. Coffee mornings/afternoon tea

Cafés are usually busy whatever the weather, so holding a coffee morning can be a real winner, and works well in tandem with bake sales.   Last year Barton Grange in Preston sold afternoon cream teas, with £5 donated for each one sold.  This year Squire’s at Hensham are including an afternoon tea party as part of their weekend-long spring launch in aid of Greenfingers.

  1. #Gluvies

More for awareness than fundraising – or can it be both?  Once you’ve taken a picture or a selfie of your team – or with your customers – you can post to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #gluvies and tagging @GardenReLeaf – or post galleries on Facebook tagging participants to spread the word.  But also the gloves themselves (Briers’ Greenfingers All Seasons Gardener gloves) can be sold in the same way as the famous red noses to raise funds.  35p from each (medium or large) pair is donated to the charity by Briers – who now also have a Greenfingers kids’ gardening kit to further raise funds.  Last year the #gluvies hashtag reached 20,000 people on Twitter, but this year we’re aiming for twice that amount!

Briers Kids Tool Kit

Last year, Greenfingers launched its ‘A Million Moments Appeal’, aiming to raise £1 million, over three years.  With the help of events such as Garden Re-Leaf Day, the charity is aiming to provide at least 5,000 children and their families that rely on hospices to enjoy spending precious time together outdoors.

 


Sign up for the 2017 Garden Re-Leaf Walk

Last year you guys raised more than £140k for Greenfingers Charity, which builds recreational and therapeutic gardens in the grounds of children’s hospices, and over £8,000 came from the Garden Re-Leaf Walk.

This year, walkers have a choice of either a 10 mile or 20 mile route from Scotsdales Garden Centre site at Horningsea via Cambridge city centre and the garden of Jesus College, to one of their other garden centre sites at Shelford. Spaces are still available, so why not dust down your walking shoes and join us at Horningsea for the start?

Sponsors include LOFA, Kelkay, Briers, Cadix, Scotsdales, GTN, SBM Life, Hozelock and Quinton Edwards.

Then here is an unmissable opportunity for you to not only raise much needed funds for  but also:

  • Enjoy a challenging but fun walk around historic Cambridge
  • Spend valuable team building time out of the office with colleagues and friends
  • Network with peers and get to know a wide range of garden industry professionals

Click on the form below, print out and mail to us – or save as an editable PDF, fill in and email to linda@greenfingerscharity.org.uk

Garden Re-Leaf Walk Registration Form 2017

 


Garden Re-Leaf 2016 - what happened?!

Greenfingers Trustee Boyd giving us the thumbs up!

Greenfingers Trustee Boyd giving us the thumbs up!

Garden Re-Leaf Day, 18th March 2016, this year blossomed into a buzzing week of events – some of which are still taking place. Over £57,000 has already been pledged thanks to the creativity and commitment of garden centres, suppliers and dedicated individuals from the garden industry.

24 hour Plant-athons
Current total raised: Over £23,000
Hillview CEO and Greenfingers Trustee Boyd Douglas-Davies came up with yet another original fundraising idea that has so far raised over £20k for Greenfingers. Demonstrations on how to pot plants took place as customers watched – and even got involved – with the experts potting on and arranging plants which are now being sold to raise further funds for Greenfingers. Some exceptional Plant-athon displays took shape with Flora Media producing special labels for each plant pot.
Boyd got his hands dirty with a team from Studley Garden Store (so far raising £3,466 excluding gift aid) that included guest appearances by gardening expert Derick Walker and gardening presenter David Domoney. https://www.justgiving.com/Boyd-Douglas-Davies

Alan Roper and the Fryer's team get stuck in!

Alan Roper and the Fryer’s team get stuck in!

Fryer’s Garden Centre made the most of the PR opportunity the Plant-athon presented, with BBC Radio Manchester and BBC Radio Stoke as well as the local press getting right behind their event. With help from Blue Diamond Managing Director Alan Roper and planted well over 1,200 roses to sell on, raising over £565 excluding gift aid. Alan has also agreed to donate £10,000 ahead of the plant sales to enable Greenfingers to start creating new hospice gardens immediately. https://www.justgiving.com/BlueDiamond

Altons Garden Centre’s Andy Bunker orchestrated its Plant-athon which saw local school children and Southend FC Manager, Phil Brown, join in the fun. Andy’s fundraising efforts resulted in raising over £1,500. https://www.justgiving.com/pete-lowis

Klondyke plants

Freshly planted planters at Byrkley Park – who pledged over £6,000 on the day

Byrkley Park (part of The Klondyke Group) raised over £6,000 from donations and sales of potted containers. The group’s chief executive, Bob Hewitt made the front page of his local paper as he planted throughout the night. Bob also called for the event to take place again calling for 50 garden centres take part next year. https://www.justgiving.com/Bob-Hewitt1

Dennis, Andy, Andrew Gill

Squire’s 24hr Plant-athon saw Dennis Espley joined by Andy McIndoe and Andrew Gill

Squire’s split its Plant-athons between two of its stores – Badshot Lea on Thursday 17 March, joined by children from the local primary school – and Twickenham the next day, where Managing Director Dennis Espley was joined by gardening guru Andy McIndoe and the President of Chartered Institute of Horticulture, Andrew Gill. Squire’s have so far raised £2,358, excluding gift aid.
https://www.justgiving.com/squires-24-hour-plant-athon

Floramedia and many other suppliers backed the Plant-athon by supplying labels, pots, plants and composts, all ensuring the event was a great Garden Re-Leaf Day success.

QVC
After Garden Re-Leaf Day had finished, the fundraising and awareness continued over the weekend with presenters Richard Jackson, Craig Rowe, Michael Perry and Jackie Kabler all helping to raise money from sales of products from suppliers De Jager, Hayloft, Plants2Gardens, Montrose of Guernsey, Thompson & Morgan, Ergo Gardening, Wet and Forget, Growing Solutions, and of course Richard Jackson’s Garden.

‘The Great Garden Re-Leaf Walk’
Current total raised: £9,000
Over 30 people from the garden industry walked 20 miles through the Berkshire countryside on the second annual Garden Re-Leaf walk. Starting and ending in Theale, home of hosts HTA, walkers tested their endurance by making their way through woodland, farmland and along the Kennet and Avon canal – all raising much needed funds for Greenfingers’ children’s hospice gardens.

i2i and GIMA pitstop on walk

Walkers taking a well earned pitstop!

There were some interesting extra challenges for some, with GIMA Director Vicky Nuttall putting her dog through it’s paces, and Robbie Cumming from Hornby Whitefoot PR, raising over £500 carrying a hand painted Garden Re-Leaf plank and then stepping off it into the freezing waters of the canal afterwards!

Special thanks to Cadix who raised over £2,000 through its Justgiving page and Chris Houfe from British Cards who raised over £1,000 in cash. Matthew Mein and the i2i team raised over £1,500 through cakes sales and other fundraising activities in the office with Martin Simmons and the rest of the HTA team so far at £1,185 and counting. Kelkay Sales Director Richard Pyrah has raised over £500, with Jackie Eades and Sharmini Martini from Briers, GCA Inspector Alyson Hayward, DLF’s Guy Jenkins and Sutton’s Chris Ramsden also adding to the final total.

Quiz
Once again the quiz was a popular choice for garden centres in the South East and Wales, with Millbrook, Longacres, Paradise Park – who also had a loose change collection, BBQ competition and cake sale, Perrywood – who also held a raffle, and the Old Railway Line who had its now famous ‘Curry and Quiz’ as well as a £150 raffle prize donated by Scott’s Miracle Gro.

Cake sale
With the nation’s interest in baking still at it’s peak, garden centres such as Haskins held staff cake sales at Snow Hill, at the head office in Ferndown and at the West End store which singlehandedly raised over £878. Barton Grange made the most of demand for its afternoon cream teas by donating £5 from each one sold.

Raffles
Still one of the most popular Garden Re-Leaf Day events, raffles were held in various forms by most garden centres, including Monkton Elm who created a vast array of goodies for customers, with £1 raffle tickets on sale in the run up to the day and cleverly placing the winning tickets on display urging customers to return to see if they’d won.

Sponsored cycle
Pughs Garden village enjoyed their 60 mile in-store cycle to the Carmarthen Botanical Gardens, involving both staff and customers – coupled with refreshing hot drinks from the café with each cup raising 50p for Greenfingers. Coolings’ Sponsored cycle was inspired by her majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday – with the team cycling the distance of 220 miles from Buckingham Palace to Sandringham, all within the comfort of the shopfloor.

Coolings Garden Centre cycle ride

Coolings Garden Centre cycled 220 miles in aid of Greenfingers and to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday!

Gluvies
Once again Briers supplied special Greenfingers gloves with 35p donated from each pair sold, as garden centres such as Hollybush, Thetford and Palmer Gardens helped to get the #Gluvies hashtag to reach over 20,000* people all over the UK. Briers also launched a new product to benefit Greenfingers this year, in the form of a children’s gardening set that included a fork, trowel and gloves adorned with the #Gluvies hashtag to further boost awareness for the cause.
*Source: Keyhole.com

Gardman Charity doormat. solar lights and hanging basket liners
Gardman supported Garden Re-Leaf Day this year through a range of produces including a special charity doormat for garden centres this year, with 50p being donated for each one sold.

Crest Tool Exchange
A new initiative for 2016, the tool exchange, whereby customers were encouraged to donate old gardening tools in exchange for 20% off Crest’s Kent and Stowe range, was trialled by Thetford Garden Centre in Norfolk, who also held a tombola and donated £1 from each soup sold in the café. All donated tools will be sent away by Crest to be auctioned as part of Greenfingers’ long-running ‘Old into Gold’ campaign.

Losing Lbs to raise £££s
GTNXtra’s Trevor Pfeiffer started his Garden Re-Leaf challenge way back at the GCA conference in January, bravely announcing he would lose 2 stone by 18th March. A week before the event he still needed to shed a few pounds but using the Theale walk as an extra boost he managed to overcome all the odds and has so far raised over £110 for Greenfingers. He is continuing with his fundraising by aiming to lose another stone by the Chelsea Flower show. https://www.justgiving.com/Trevor-Pfeiffer.

A number of other companies – and even a school – joined in this year. Corby & Fellas donated three laptops and a PC to help boost the effectiveness of communications, social media and fundraising this year. Brookes & Co held a bake sale and Boston Academy had pupils designing their very own Greenfingers ‘Gluvies’.
Bridgeman opened a new garden furniture store in Amersham and supported Garden Re-Leaf Day during their first week of sales. Jamieson Page and his Town and Country sales team organised a collection box distribution amongst garden centres and Fallen Fruits helped Van Hage raffle off one of its Dog Benches worth £150.

This year Greenfingers launched the ‘A Million Moments Appeal’, which aims to raise £1 million, over the next three years. With the help of events such as Garden Re-Leaf Day, the charity is aiming to bring the precious gift of a garden to at least 5,000 children, and their families, who spend time in hospices across the UK.


Send us your photos!

As a charity, Greenfingers rely on Garden Re-Leaf Day to raise most of the funds it needs for creating gardens for children’s hospices, and with 15 promised this year, the success of the event is of even greater importance. In the past, hundreds of fun, creative and awe-inspiring events have been held in support of the charity – but we say more can easily be done to get Garden Re-Leaf in front of a wider audience.

Picture perfect: Studley Garden Store’s image is ideal at 300ppi and over 1MB

Picture perfect: Studley Garden Store’s image is ideal at 300ppi and over 1MB

Last year, three garden centres – Littleheath, Willowbrook and The Old Railway Line collaborated with Greenfingers by submitting their Garden Re-Leaf Day photos – which were each taken on a digital SLR camera. These high resolution images were then distributed to national press and used in promotional literature and posters creating valuable publicity opportunities for both the event and the garden centres involved.

Hornby Whitefoot PR’s Robbie Cumming is fundraising for Greenfingers, along with over 40 others from the garden industry, as part of the Great Garden Re-Leaf Walk – as well as managing our PR and the Social Media output for Garden Re-Leaf Day itself. “The immediacy of social media, and the convenience of smart phones is great for spreading the word online – but we mustn’t forget the power of traditional print media. We desperately need budding and experienced photographers to to get involved in creating high resolution images that we can use to get Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day, its participants, and the garden industry as a whole in front of millions of people.”

Email Sarah@greenfingerscharity.org.uk or Linda@greenfingerscharity.org.uk with your images.


Garden industry breaks record for funds raised for Greenfingers on Garden Re-Leaf Day 2015

Suppliers, retailers and associates from the garden industry applauded the recent announcement by Greenfingers – that the fourth annual Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day (27th March) was the most successful ever, raising in excess of £95,000.

This year, fundraising highlights included the i2i’s Glee team organised London Thames Path Walk; Richard Jackson’s QVC shows that raised over £40,000 over three days; ‘guess the length of string’, ‘soak the boss’ and Easter egg hunts all taking place at garden centres across the UK; and of course the ‘Glovies’ campaign which raised over £10,000 thanks to donations from the sales of gloves by Briers and Town and Country.

Greenfingers Trustee and Garden Re-Leaf Day Founder Boyd Douglas-Davies announced the total raised in 2015 as exactly £95,025.31 – 30% up on the total reached last year. Speaking to attendees at the annual GIMA Awards at Celtic Manor Resort in South Wales, he praised the combined efforts of the hundreds of garden centre teams, suppliers and individuals that took part over the past four years. The grand total raised now stands at over £270,000, which Boyd summarised as being over a quarter of a million pounds raised in only four days; an incredible achievement.Boyd Douglas-Davies with Garden Re-Leaf Fundraiser Total 2015

Rosy cheeks all round

Greenfingers’ Rosy Cheeks Fund – a two year campaign to raise £750,000 to build at least 10 new gardens was also hailed as a success, bringing the total number of children’s hospice gardens built by Greenfingers to 49. The charity’s Head of Fundraising, Linda Petrons attended the GIMA Awards, and expressed her gratitude to those she met. She said: “The support we continue to receive from the garden industry is just amazing. Without your help, children and families that use hospices would not have access to an outside space for which to play with their children away from the pressures they face in care, and would also sadly not have a special place to remember those that have passed. Thank you so very much – we hope you will all continue to support us in the future!”

New campaign – ‘Million Moments’

Looking ahead to the 2016 campaign and beyond, it has been confirmed that the focus will be on raising £1million in three years, helping the charity to source additional funds for 16 new gardens at children’s hospices across the UK. More details on how to get involved in next year’s fundraising day will be available at the Glee trade show later this year.


Garden Re-Leaf Events 2015 - What's On?

Last year 230 garden centres took part in Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day, raising £60,000 for Greenfingers’ Rosy Cheeks appeal.   This year, on the 27th March 2015, we’ll see hundreds more garden centres, gardening clubs and societies join together with suppliers, customers and members to raise money to create much needed gardens for children’s hospices around the UK.

Here are a selection of Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day activities planned this year, listed by region – check the events tabs above for more details.

National

Gardener’s Question Time quiz

Gardener's Question Time record Quiz - image PAUL DEBOIS

Gardening experts Matthew Wilson, Bunny Guinness and Bob Flowerdew recording quiz questions with Eric Robson – image Paul Debois

Well known gardening personalities from TV and radio have recorded a special quiz for Garden Re-Leaf Day.   Christine Walkden, Chris Beardshaw, Anne Swithinbank, Bob Flowerdew, Pippa Greenwood, Bunny Guinness, Matthew Biggs, (Greenfingers Chairman) Matthew Wilson and Eric Robson. Many garden centres and gardening societies will be running the quiz during the evening of Garden Re-Leaf Day.

 

Thames Path walk

Prominent members of the gardening industry have signed up to raise sponsorship money by participating in a 20 mile walk along the Thames Path walkway in London. Starting at Ruxley Manor Garden Centre near Sidcup, and ending at Clifton Nurseries in Little Venice, the 27 plus team of walkers will each be aiming to raise £500 each. Anyone from the horticultural world and beyond are welcome to take part, just contact sarah@greenfingerscharity.org.uk.

Richard Jackson’s popular QVC gardening programme will dedicate 6 hours of the programme, spread across two days, to fundraising for Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day (broadcast dates TBC).  This year, products will include outdoor plants from Unwins such as Impatiens, Roses and Rhododendrons with £1.50 donated from each unit sold.


 

North West

Gordale Home & Garden in Cheshire are teaming up with their local gym to take part in a sponsored bike ride challenge – and will see how far they can cycle in one day.  There will be spot prizes for staff that ride furthest, fastest or take the steepest hill, and also booby prizes for slowest.  Customers will have the chance to win a prize by guessing how far the team will ride.

Bents Garden & Home also in Cheshire will start their Garden Re-Leaf activities early on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd March, with fun activities like face painting and a treasure hunt for the kids, and the plant doctor on call to attend to customers’ horticultural ailments.


 

South West

Orchard Park Garden Centre in Dorset will host a gardening themed cake sale, the chance to win a tree for the garden and a competition for children that involves growing the fastest growing seedlings in the funniest container.


 

South East

Aylett Nurseries will be holding the Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day celebrity quiz night on the 26th March, with wine and cheese being served to teams of six, doors opening at 6:30pm for 7pm start, £5 per person.

Paradise Park in Newhaven, East Sussex will be selling special green cupcakes in the coffee shop, with staff in fancy dress and the Garden Re-Leaf gardening quiz in the evening. The centre will also be running the Loose Change promotion, with proceeds from the sales of specially stickered products going to Greenfingers.

Poplars Garden Centre, in Toddington, Bedfordshire are hosting the Garden Re-Leaf Quiz as part of a fundraising evening that includes supper. Tickets are £30 per team of four, participants welcome to bring their own bottle and nibbles, starts at 7.30pm.

Blackbrooks Garden Centre, near Battle, East Sussex are holding a raffle, getting staff to wear fancy dress and offering a free coffee or tea on purchasing cake and making a donation.

Haskins – the Angmering branch will host an instore raffle of gardening gifts with all proceeds going to Greenfingers.  Other Haskins stores, Ferndown, Roundstone and West End are also taking part, with the Snowhill store in Crawley also featuring staff in fancy dress.

Longacres Garden Centre, in Bagshot, Surrey are starting early with a large raffle featuring over 20 prizes to be won on the week before (Thursday 19th March). Fundraising through food tastings and other small attractions will take place as usual on Garden Re-Leaf Day itself.

Thetford Garden Centre will all wear green on Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day, welcoming visitors to enjoy a dog fun day, with games, competitions, a cake stall and a huge raffle.  Donations from selected plants and green gloves will add to the funds being raised for Greenfingers on the day.

Perrywood are also planning a cheese and (bring your own) wine themed evening with a general knowledge quiz – for more information and team registration details go to: www.perrywood.co.uk/greenfingersquiz2015


 

Midlands

From 7pm, Bosworths Garden Centre, in Kettering, Northants will be hosting the Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day quiz – sign up your team at www.bosworthsgc.co.uk/releafquiz.


 

Wales

Old Railway Line Garden Centre, Brecon, Powys are having a quiz and curry night, to take place in the Railway Restaurant from 6.30pm. Teams of up to 6 can enter, with tickets at £10 per person available by calling the garden centre on 01497 847055. Tickets include curry (alternative meal available) and £120 worth of gift vouchers as a prize for the winning team. Other fundraising activities will take place during the day, with a ‘wellie throwing challenge’, raffle and a ‘soak the boss’ wet sponge throwing stall – all at £1 a go and with opportunities to win a variety of prizes.

For more events, be sure to check the individual tabs above for up to date listings. Garden centres are encouraged to register their events via www.gardenreleaf.co.uk/register-an-event or email sarah@greenfingerscharity.org.uk.


Why are all these people wearing green gloves?

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It’s all because of Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf day of course!

Glovies are the latest gardening social media craze – all you have to do is don a pair of Greenfingers gloves and pose for a ‘selfie’ with friends, family, workmates or complete strangers – although do explain it’s to raise awareness for Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day!

Thanks to Briers for the gloves and for donating 35p of each pair sold to Greenfingers!

 


Gardening celebrities get behind 2015 Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day quiz

Children’s hospices are set to benefit from a special quiz being recorded by horticultural celebrities from the world of TV and radio. The 2015 Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day Quiz is to be held by garden centres, gardening societies and other horticultural organisations across the UK, on the 27th March 2015 – and it’s hoped that thousands of quizzers will take part. All monies raised from the quiz, just one event being held as part of the wider Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day, will once again go to the small national charity Greenfingers who are dedicated to creating much needed gardens for children who spend time in hospices around the UK, along with their families, to relax in and enjoy.

Popular stars of TV and radio Christine Walkden and Chris Beardshaw are set to record questions for the quiz, alongside their BBC Radio 4’s Gardener’s Question Time colleagues Eric Robson and BBC weatherman Peter Gibbs. Other well-known gardening experts such as Anne Swithinbank, Bob Flowerdew, Pippa Greenwood, Bunny Guinness, Matthew Biggs and (Greenfingers Chairman) Matthew Wilson are also contributing to the quiz, now in its fourth year.

Garden societies, colleges and even schools taking part will each receive a pack containing all they need to host the quiz, at a cost of £100, all of which will go to Greenfingers. The pack includes a special CD of pre-recorded questions to play to the audience, everything they need for the picture round, and a bonus pack of fundraising ideas, hints and tips.

Matthew Wilson praised everyone involved with Garden Re-Leaf Day: “I am so grateful to everyone taking part in Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day, from my colleagues on Gardener’s Question Time, to all those that have bought a quiz pack or are pledging to raise money in 2015. Now we just need everyone to look out for the quiz taking place at their local garden centre or horticulture society and take the time to go along and support such a great cause via this fun event. The children and families at hospices across the UK benefit enormously from the work we do, but there are many more that need our help.”

How to find out if the quiz is taking place near you If you’d like to join in with the Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day quiz 2015, check the events tab to see if the quiz is being hosted at a venue near you. Alternatively, why not lobby your local garden centre or gardening society to get involved – anyone wishing to host the quiz can simply email info@gardenreleaf.co.uk to order the quiz pack.


Gardening celebs get ready for 2015 Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Quiz  

 Horticultural celebrities from TV and radio are busy recording questions for the 2015 Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day Quiz at the moment, and garden centres who sign up to take part in what is set to be the biggest and best quiz yet can take advantage of the ‘early bird’ entry fee of just £50 – if they sign up before 1st January 2015. 

Popular stars of TV and radio Christine Walkden and Chris Beardshaw are currently recording questions for the quiz, along with their BBC Radio 4’s Gardener’s Question Time colleague Eric Robson and BBC weatherman Peter Gibbs. Other well-known gardening experts such as Anne Swithinbank, Bob Flowerdew, Pippa Greenwood, Bunny Guinness, Matthew Biggs and (Greenfingers Chairman) Matthew Wilson are also contributing to the esteemed quiz.

 

All monies raised from the quiz, with questions this year written by Andy Bunker of Altons Garden Centre, will once again go to the Greenfingers ‘Rosy Cheeks’ campaign.  The campaign aims to provide much needed gardens for children who spend time in hospices around the UK, along with their families, by creating inspiring gardens and outdoor spaces for them to relax in and enjoy.

The 2015 Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day Quiz is available to all garden centres, gardening societies and other organisations and is the perfect way to participate in the fourth, annual Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day, which takes place on 27th March 2015.

For the £50 early bird rate (£100 after 1st January 2015) participants will receive a pack containing all they need to host the quiz – it includes a special CD of pre-recorded questions to play to the audience, everything needed for the picture round, and a bonus pack of fundraising ideas, hints and tips.

Bosworth’s Garden Centre in Burton Latimer were one of the many garden centres that received great interest in last year’s Garden Re-Leaf Day Quiz.  Marketing Co-ordinator, Jonathan Biggs, said:

“The quiz was so easy to run, our teams were delighted to hear celebrities’ voices asking the questions, and the ‘heads and tails’ game was great fun.”

Garden centres wanting to take part should register on the Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day website, and can also take advantage of free publicity for their events, by filling in the simple form online at www.gardenreleaf.co.uk/register-an-event.  Once registered, each individual event appears on the site’s ‘events’ section, and is searchable by area to help the public find their local participating garden centre.

The quiz is just one of many ways to raise funds for Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day.  Other retailer participation ideas include in-store sponsored cycle rides, as well as fun family day activities such as making cress heads and sowing Sunflowers – the Home Garden Association’s plant of the year for 2015.  Suppliers can also getinvolved with the Loose Change promotion.

To ensure maximum exposure for your event, make sure to register soon via www.gardenreleaf.co.uk/register-an-event. To order your 2015 Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day quiz pack, explore other opportunities for supporting the 2015 event as a supplier, or participate as a retailer, email info@gardenreleaf.co.uk.


Garden centres: New website can promote your Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day events

Press Release, November 2014

This website has recently been re-launched with a special ‘register an event’ section that allows garden centres to easily publicise their Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day events to customers, local and national press and a much wider audience via social media.

Hundreds of garden retailers are expected to participate in the fourth, annual Garden Re-Leaf Day, which takes place on 27th March 2015 to help boost the early spring sales season, whilst raising funds for children’s hospice garden charity, Greenfingers.

Garden centres wanting to take part should register on the website, and can also take advantage of free publicity for their events, by filling in the simple form online at www.gardenreleaf.co.uk/register-an-event. Once registered, each individual event appears on the site’s ‘events’ section, and is searchable by area to help the public find their local participating garden centre.

Founder of Garden Re-Leaf Day, trustee of Greenfingers, and CEO of Hillview Garden Centres, Boyd Douglas-Davies, is passionate about the new website: “This is a fantastic opportunity for all garden retailers, especially those looking to ensure the best promotion of their fantastic Garden Re-Leaf Day events which are so important to the success of the day. In just five minutes, you can fill in our online form, effortlessly setting the promotional ball rolling, putting yourself in front of customers, local people and the media,”.
The newly launched website features news, galleries of previous Garden Re-Leaf events and information on how the money is spent, including examples of Greenfingers children’s hospice gardens.

The organisers of Garden Re-Leaf Day are currently ramping up promotional activity in time for the 27th March 2015. Some of the event ideas already on the cards include hosting the popular Garden Re-leaf Day Gardening Quiz, getting involved with the Loose Change promotion, simple yet unique ways to put on your own sponsored cycle ride, and fun family day activities, such as making cress heads and sowing Sunflowers – the Home Garden Association’s plant of the year for 2015.

To ensure maximum exposure for your event, make sure to register soon via www.gardenreleaf.co.uk/register-an-event. To explore other opportunities for supporting the 2015 event as a supplier, or participating as a retailer, email info@gardenreleaf.co.uk.

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For more information, interviews or images from Garden Re-Leaf Day please contact:
Robbie Cumming, Whitefoot PR T: 07765 251173 E: robbie@whitefootpr.co.uk


Get Involved with Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day 2015

The next Garden Re-Leaf day will fall on Friday 27th March 2015 so it is time to start planning your events and activities and get involved today.

With Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day now firmly established in the horticultural calendar the 2015 event is set to be better than ever as organisers hope to get even more garden centres, nurseries, manufacturers and suppliers involved in kick-starting the gardening year for customers whilst raising money for a good cause.

Now is the time to start planning events for March 2015. Anyone wishing to get involved is free to create any event or activity that suits their organisation, or take advantage of ideas such as:

Get Planting

Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day is the perfect way to engage families – why not plan a sunflower planting event, or a children’s ‘cress head’ competition. Efforts will be supported on social media sites via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, and using the hashtag #GRLcresshead

Get Baking

With the popularity of baking at an all time high, having a baking competition and selling the entries to customers could raise funds – and prove a very tasty idea!

Get Sporty

Healthy, morale boosting and teambuilding, sponsored sports events are a great way to involve as many people as possible, creating a spectacle and encouraging customers to donate. Why not set the overall distance target to be the same as:

  • Cycling to other centres in your group
  • Cycling to your top 5 suppliers (get them to sponsor their leg!)
  • Cycling from your head office to Greenfingers head office in Buckinghamshire

Get thinking

Host the ever-popular Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day Quiz – this year featuring horticultural celebrities and Gardeners Question Time panellists. Buy a kit for just £100 with everything you need to set up the quiz in your café or restaurant.

Get selling

Garden Re-Leaf Day’s Loose Change promotion got off to a good start last year, but there is still a need for more suppliers to get involved. For retailers this is a great opportunity to set up a high profile stand of promotions with your favourite manufacturers with product purchases including a donation.

To register any event or for more information on these ideas visit www.gardenreleaf.co.uk Or email sarah@greenfingerscharity.org.uk

Deborah Skillicorn, Greenfingers Charity Director, said: “Garden Re-Leaf Day has become a nationwide event, driving footfall into garden centres at the beginning of the year and raising much needed funds to help us create more magical gardens for children in hospices across the country. So this year, we are committed to making Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day 2015 the best yet and are now calling on everyone in the industry to get involved and get fundraising!”

Greenfingers is dedicated to creating much needed gardens at children’s hospices around the UK, providing well designed, stimulating spaces for children with life-limiting conditions, and their families, to enjoy. It is hoped funds raised from Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day 2015 will help create new gardens for many more hospices, including ones in Huddersfield, Kent and Sunderland.

2014’s activities raised £60,000 for Greenfingers, with events such as the celebrity quiz and the Loose Change promotion – both of which will return for 2015 – joined by a raft of new ideas to help retailers get the most out of the event.

Garden Re-Leaf Day founder, Boyd Douglas-Davies who recently became a trustee at Greenfingers, added: “Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day 2015 is an unmissable opportunity to get customers in store earlier, kick-starting the peak season and raising money to boot. Now is the perfect time to plan events into your spring schedule and get involved!”

For more details of what happened in previous years, head to www.gardenreleaf.co.uk.

To explore opportunities for supporting the 2015 event as a supplier, or participate as a retailer, email info@gardenreleaf.co.uk or sarah@greenfingerscharity.org.uk


Date and New Logo Announced for Greenfingers Garden Re-leaf Day 2015

The next Garden Re-Leaf day will fall on Friday 27th March 2015, it has been announced today, as a brand new name and logo is also unveiled.

From 2015, the day, which is now firmly established in the horticultural calendar, will be known as the Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day with the new logo reflecting this name change. Greenfingers has been the benefiting charity of the day since its inception and the changes for 2015 are aimed at reinforcing the charitable focus of the day and its significance in Greenfingers fundraising strategy.

Deborah Skillicorn, Greenfingers Charity Director, said: “Garden Re-Leaf Day has become much more than a small fundraiser – it has become a nationwide event, bringing in valuable new supporters from the gardening industry, and helping us to realise more magical gardens for children in hospices across the country. So this year, we have made a conscious decision to reinforce our commitment to making Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day 2015 the best yet.”

Greenfingers is dedicated to creating much needed gardens at children’s hospices around the UK, providing well designed, stimulating spaces for children with life-limiting conditions, and their families, to enjoy. It is hoped funds raised from Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day 2015 will help create new gardens for many more hospices, including ones in Huddersfield, Kent and Sunderland.

2014’s activities raised £60,000 for Greenfingers, with events such as the celebrity quiz and the Loose Change promotion – both of which will return for 2015 – joined by a raft of new ideas to help retailers get the most out of the event.

Now is the time for retailers, suppliers and manufacturers to plan their events for March 2015. Why not take advantage of ideas such as:

Get Planting

Garden Re-Leaf Day is the gardening industry’s main event, so why not remind everyone where it begins by launching a family sunflower planting event, or even a cress head competition. Photos of cress heads will be uploaded to social media sites via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, and using the hashtag #GRLcresshead

Get Baking

With the popularity in baking at an all time high, having a baking competition and selling the entries to customers could raise funds – and prove a very tasty idea!

Get Sporty

After all those cakes, you’ll need an exercise bike in your centre to work off the extra pounds! Healthy, morale boosting and teambuilding – this is a great way of involving as many people as possible, creating a spectacle and encouraging customers to donate. Why not set the overall distance target to be the same as:

  • Cycling to other centres in your group
  • Cycling to your top 5 suppliers (get them to sponsor their leg!)
  • Cycling from your head office to Greenfingers head office in Buckinghamshire

Get thinking

By hosting the ever-popular Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day quiz you can put on a fantastic evening event using a pack provided containing everything you need to set it up.

Get selling

Garden Re-Leaf’s Loose Change promotion got off to a good start last year, but there is still a need for more suppliers to get involved. For retailers this is a great opportunity to set up a high profile stand of promotions with your favourite manufacturers.

Garden Re-Leaf Day founder, Boyd Douglas-Davies who recently became a trustee at Greenfingers, commented on the choice of date for the event:
“March 27th is the perfect date for Garden Re-Leaf Day. Not only is it the last Friday of the month, payday for most people, and when they will be most likely to donate – it also comes one week before Easter. So from a purely retail point of view, this is an unmissable opportunity to get customers in your store a week earlier and prolong the peak season.”

For more details of what happened in previous years, head to www.gardenreleaf.co.uk. To explore opportunities for supporting the 2015 event as a supplier, or participating as a retailer, email info@gardenreleaf.co.uk