Date: Monday 14th September 2015
Squire’s to donate carrier bag tax to charity Greenfingers
Squire’s Garden Centres have chosen the charity Greenfingers to benefit from the carrier bag tax, which comes into effect in England on 5th October 2015.
From October it is law that large retailers must charge customers 5p per carrier bag – Squire’s will donate all profits from this tax to the charity Greenfingers, who create inspiring gardens and outdoor spaces for children, along with their families, who spend time in hospices around the UK.
Sarah Squire (Squire’s Deputy Chairman) commented, “We are delighted to support the work of Greenfingers and its garden projects for children in hospices. As a company we recognise the responsibility and opportunity we have to give back and make a difference in the communities in which we live and work. Squire’s will donate all profits from the 5p carrier bag tax to Greenfingers, to help them create stunning gardens that can be enjoyed by children and their families at hospices around the UK.”
“We are absolutely thrilled and enormously grateful to have Squire’s Garden Centres support us for the first year of the carrier bag tax scheme. Thanks to all at Squire’s, the money raised through the scheme really will make such difference to the lives of children and families who spend time in hospices.” John Ashley (Greenfingers Chairman)
To date, Greenfingers has created 49 inspiring gardens and outdoor spaces in children’s hospices, including a sensory garden at Shooting Star Chase in Godalming, Surrey, and a magical woodland walk at Chestnut Tree House in Arundel, Sussex – where a previously unusable piece of land was turned into a beautiful woodland retreat for the children and families to enjoy.
Chestnut Tree House in Arundel – before and after the Greenfingers makeover
Greenfingers recently launched it’s A Million Moments Appeal, which is aiming to raise £1 million to enable a further 5,000 children in hospices to benefit from inspiring gardens and outdoor spaces.
You can donate to Greenfingers on their Just Giving page:
For further information please contact:
About Squire’s Garden Centres
Squire’s Garden Centres is a successful family-owned horticultural business that serves the local community. There are 15 Squire’s Garden Centres across Surrey, Sussex, Berkshire, Middlesex, North and West London.
Squire’s will celebrate its 80th anniversary in 2016. The business was founded by D.J.Squire in 1936, initially as a landscape gardening business which then developed into one of the first garden centre businesses in the UK when Twickenham opened in 1964.
Since then the company has become one of the best success stories in the industry, remaining in the Squire family under the leadership first of D.J’s son Colin – who is still actively involved in the business – and, today, Colin’s daughter Sarah Squire who is Deputy Chairman.
Squire’s is at the forefront of developing best practice and innovation in the UK garden centre industry, and regularly wins industry awards such as:
- RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2015
- Silver Gilt for their “Urban Oasis” Show Garden
- Horticultural Trade Association Awards 2015
- “The Greatest Garden Centre Chef” (Badshot Lea)
- “The Greatest Garden Centre Catering Team” (Badshot Lea)
- Garden Centre Association Awards 2015
- “Best Garden Centre” (Hersham)
- “Best Outdoor Living” (Hersham & West Horsley)
- “Best Indoor Lifestyle Retailer” (Shepperton)
- “Best Garden Products Retailer” (Shepperton)
- “Best Customer Service” (Badshot Lea)
- “Best Plants Area” (Twickenham)
- “Creativity & Innovation Award” (Twickenham)
- “Environment & Community Award” (Cobham)
Squire’s has always had close connections with schools and the local community – with a particular passion for encouraging new generations of gardeners through a year-round programme of workshops for all ages and abilities. Squire’s also donate a large amount of money to various local charities, which are chosen each year by staff at the various different centres.
Squire’s is committed to offering a wide range of quality plants and garden products together with an extensive selection of garden furniture, houseplants and gifts. They continue their drive towards customer excellence with their highly qualified and experienced horticultural staff, on hand to help with plant related questions.
All the centres have a Café Bar on site, serving breakfast, drinks, snacks and lunch, and you can even indulge in a delicious afternoon tea! There is free parking at all of the centres, and many have a children’s play area.
Five of Squire’s Garden Centres also have an extensive pets and aquatic department. Here you can buy small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice and rats, as well as an eye-catching array of reptiles including bearded dragons, leopard geckos and snakes. There’s a large selection of tropical and cold-water fish, as well as all the equipment you need to create the perfect environment for your fish. Visit the pets and aquatic departments at Squire’s in Badshot Lea, Cobham, Twickenham, Stanmore and Washington.
To locate your closest centre, sign up to the newsletter, and to find out about the latest special offers please visit www.squiresgardencentres.co.uk
About Greenfingers Charity
“Creating magical gardens for children in hospices”
Greenfingers is a national charity dedicated to supporting the children who use hospices around the UK, along with their families, by creating inspiring gardens for them to relax in and enjoy. The charity creates beautiful, well-designed outdoor spaces for children to enjoy with family, friends and siblings, whether through play and fun, or therapeutic rest and relaxation. To date, Greenfingers has created 49 inspiring gardens and outdoor spaces in hospices around the country, and has a further waiting list of hospices that need their help.
Greenfingers is driven by the belief that time spent outdoors, away from the bedside, can offer children and families under considerable stress a vital opportunity to embrace the benefits of being in the fresh air, and engaging with the natural environment. The charity is committed to creating specially designed, stimulating garden spaces that can bring many benefits to children with life-limiting conditions.
Whilst many people may take for granted the simple pleasure of being able to enjoy a garden, for these children, their siblings and their families, the chance to spend time together outdoors and away from the bedside is precious.Greenfingers make a difference to the lives of children and families who spend time in hospices.
Find out more about Greenfingers at: http://www.greenfingerscharity.org.uk/
You can donate to Greenfingers on their Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/greenfingers/
In 2013, supermarkets gave out over 8 billion single-use carrier bags across the UK. That is nearly 130 bags per person. This equates to about 57,000 tonnes of single-use carrier bags in total over the year.
Discarded plastic bags are a very visible form of littering and can cause injury to marine wildlife. The effect of plastic bags on the environment goes beyond littering. They consume resources, including oil, in their creation. Even when disposed of responsibly, plastic bags can last for long periods of time in landfill sites.
We expect that this targeted, proportionate charge will reduce the number of plastic bags used in England, increase their re-use and reduce littering.
We have introduced a 5p charge on single-use plastic carrier bags in England from 5 October 2015. There is already a similar 5p charge on single-use bags in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.