Garden Re-Leaf Day
Garden Re-Leaf Day is Greenfingers Charity's national fundraising event and it's held every year. It is now a major feature in the horticultural and garden industry's calendar with garden centres, growers, suppliers, QVC, trade associations, gardening clubs and societies, as well as our corporate partners and many, many others getting involved to support this event and raise funds for Greenfingers Charity. It has raised over £600,000 since its inception back in 2012.
Garden Re-Leaf Day was held on Friday 13th March 2020 and it may have fallen in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, but that didn’t dampen the FUNdraising spirits of Greenfingers supporters across the country! The official ‘start to the season’ saw businesses and individuals come together to undertake a wide range of activities to help raise much-needed funds for the children’s hospice charity. Whilst the final total is yet to be announced, we can confirm that over £50,000 has already been pledged!
HOW TO DONATE
If you have raised money and wish to send it into Greenfingers, please find out how you can do this here.
GARDEN RE-LEAF DAY SPONSORED WALK AND CYCLE: THANKS FOR JOINING US!
The Garden Re-Leaf Sponsored Walk
Current total pledged: £15,000
One of the biggest events in the Garden Re-Leaf calendar is the annual Sponsored Walk and Cycle Challenge. This year over 100 people from garden retailers, suppliers and manufacturers along with teams from outside the garden industry walked a sponsored 10 or 20-mile circuit through the stunning Chiltern hills. Starting and ending at Chilton Garden Centre in Oxfordshire, participants were treated to stunning views along the way and a delicious barbecue upon their return, thanks to headline sponsors, British Garden Centres, and the wonderful team at Outback. Refreshments along the way were kindly sponsored by Hozelock. Drinks on the finish line were kindly sponsored by LOFA.
Teams from Glee, Evergreen Garden Care, Kelkay, Apta, Mr Fothergills Seeds, Hornby Whitefoot PR, DAC Limited, Vitax, Farplants, Abacus Cards, Westland, Taylors Bulbs and Vitax along with Millbrook Garden Centre, St Peters Garden Centre, Poplars Garden Centre and Kew Green Hotels were amongst those that donned their walking boots for the scenic route, taking in some stunning sights along the way. The first industry ’10-milers’ crossing the finish line were GTN’s Trevor Pfeiffer, his wife Karen and their two dogs, whilst Mr Fothergill’s Ian Cross was in the first 20-mile group to complete the course.
Glee’s Matthew Mein, and Hornby Whitefoot PR’s Kimberley Hornby, both also completed their 120th mile for Greenfingers having taken part in every Garden Re-Leaf Walk. The competition for who takes the crown for ‘most miles walked’ continues in 2021!
The Garden Re-Leaf Cycle Challenge
This year saw intrepid cyclists take on the Garden Re-Leaf Cycle Challenge. Each entrant had a 25km route to complete and were able to go round as many times as time/their legs allowed. Seemingly we have some very fit (and competitive!) cyclists with many entrants completing 100kms, with Westland’s James Somerscales going the extra mile by completing an incredible 200km.
FUNDRAISING DAYS ACROSS THE COUNTRY
Garden centres, suppliers and friends of Greenfingers came together across the nation to create a vibrant day of FUNdraising. Here are just a few of the activities that took place…
As well as playing an integral part in the 2020 Garden Re-Leaf Day Sponsored Walk and Cycle Challenge, British Garden Centres also held Garden Re-Leaf Day raffles in almost all of its 57 stores. The Wolsley Bridge store also held a cake sale, which together with the raffle raised over £600, whilst the Brigg store in Lincolnshire has confirmed that on the day, they raised an incredible £1,000.
Another garden centre chain who got well and truly into the Garden Re-Leaf spirit was Klondyke and Strikes who held events across its 22 strong store network. On the day, each cuppa purchased saw a 50p donation head Greenfingers’ way, whilst every planter sold raised an extra £1.
Over at Perrywood in Sudbury the team went #greenforgreenfingers with green clothing and even some staff dressing as giant cacti and Venus Flytraps! At Perrywood’s Tiptree site, a special Garden Re-Leaf Quiz was held, which raised an incredible £1,690 in ticket and raffle sales, whilst the café also raised money with the sale of special Garden Re-Leaf cupcakes.
At Alton Garden Centres, students from the local primary school helped plant up a beautiful display of pots and planters with proceeds from the sale of each being given to Greenfingers.
Hitchin Garden Centre held a special raffle, which gave the lucky winner a stunning orchid and everything needed to help it thrive. Longacres Bybrook Barn were another centre which held a special garden Re-Leaf raffle which featured a range of fantastic prizes including Easter chocolate, floral bouquets and other delicious treats.
At Darlac Tools cleanliness was the order of the day as the team opened a car wash.
The Garden Design Company joined forces with Rowan Garden Centre to complete a sponsored dog walk, whilst Taporley Garden Centre held a special raffle which features a treasure trove of goodies for all the family.
The Mr Fothergill’s FUNdraising also stretched beyond just the Garden Re-Leaf event in 2020. Since 2017 the team has been undertaking a wide range of fundraising activities from triathlons, ‘Beat the Walkers’ challenge, and cake sales, raising in excess of £13,500. A phenomenal effort from Team lightening Seeds!
The QVC family raised a staggering £24k this year as suppliers made a donation from each item sold during two dedicated Garden Re-Leaf Day Shows.
Director 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 a really great sum again – a truly incredible achievement, particularly at what is a difficult time for many. 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 raised makes a huge difference to those that spend time in Greenfingers funded-gardens, so on behalf of them, and my team, the biggest possible thank you.”
GARDEN RE-LEAF DAY 2021
Mark your diaries now – Garden Re-Leaf Day 2021 will take place on Friday 19th March!
What happened on Garden Re-Leaf Day 2019?
Greenfingers Charity's Garden Re-Leaf Day 2019 was once again a huge success. Garden industry and Greenfingers supporters came together to create a thriving day of activities and FUNdraising events.
The Garden Re-Leaf Sponsored Walk
Over 120 people from garden retailers, suppliers and manufacturers along with teams from outside the garden industry walked a sponsored 5,10 or 20-mile circuit through the Buckinghamshire countryside on the annual Garden Re-Leaf Walk. Starting and ending at World’s End Garden Centre in Wendover for the second year running, participants were put through their paces on a trail through the beautiful Buckingham countryside. 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 donned their walking boots for the scenic route, taking in some stunning sights along the way.
The Garden Re-Leaf Cycle Challenge
2019 saw the second Garden Re-Leaf Cycle Challenge with 29 intrepid bike enthusiasts donning their lycra before taking on the endurance test of 25, 50, 75 or 100 miles with Steve Burden, one of the industry’s best loved photographers the first across the finish line.
Across the country, garden centres, suppliers and friends of Greenfingers came together to create a vibrant day of FUNdraising.
Haskins and Thurrock Garden Centre both held a special raffle for customers, whilst Ayletts held a special Goodwill Coffee Morning in its Dahlia Coffee House, where visitors enjoyed a hot drink and fun tombola to win prizes. CW Groves Nurseries also held a coffee morning, plus a special Gardeners Question Time for customers to learn more and get answers to their burning questions.
The theme of quizzes and questions continued at the Old Railway Line and Poplars Garden Centre, with Curry & Quiz Nights, whilst over at Paradise Park, and Altons garden centres, customers were treated to a gardening quiz amongst other activities. Perrywood also hosted a sold-out quiz night.
On the day 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 the team at Klondyke and Strikes Garden Centre.
The Blue Diamond team kindly confirmed that £5 from the sale of every Fryers ‘Friend’ rose – the Greenfingers Charity Rose – would be donated on the day, with £1 donated thereafter.
Over at Coolings Nurseries a Behind-the Scene nursery tour took place, with donations from plant sales winging its way to Greenfingers.
On 23rd March the team at Rowan Garden Centre took inspiration from the Garden Re-Leaf walk and donned their walking boots for a special charity fundraising walk.
Squires Garden Centres kept the momentum going with its Create and Grow Mother’s Day Planting Weekend (29th – 31st March), with donations from the event going straight to the Greenfingers charity. Another centre making the most of the spring rush will be Sunshine Garden Centre, which will be running special Muddy Boots Gang Children’s activities throughout March. Each session costs £5, with all money raised being donated to Greenfingers.
Mr Fothergill’s smashed its £10,000 target with a range of activities including the Garden Re-Leaf Cycle Challenge, and in-house static bike ride which saw the team stack up 167 miles between them. Other activities included a bake sale and the ‘mushy pea challenge’.
The QVC family also continued its support throughout the Garden Re-Leaf weekend, with a £1.50 donation from every plant or product sold during a special Garden Re-Leaf/ Greenfingers show. Presented by Richard Jackson and Simon Biagi, the weekend of programming attracts thousands of viewers, and more importantly, buyers.
Elsewhere the amazingly supportive team from Kew Green Hotel’s Holiday Inn Chester South site, donned their walking boots to walk to the summit of Mount Snowdon, which stands at an impressive 1,085m.
Our 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. 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.”
What happened on Garden Re-Leaf Day 2018?
Over 70 people from garden retailers, suppliers and manufacturers walked a sponsored 10 or 20-mile circuit through the Buckinghamshire countryside starting and ending at World’s End Garden Centre in Wendover.
Teams from Vitax, DLF Johnsons Lawn Seed, Woodlodge, Elho, Mr Fothergill’s, Glee, Hornby Whitefoot PR, GIMA, Briers, HTA, Cadix and Kew Green Hotels donned their walking boots to raise money. A special shout out must go to the charity's Vice Chairman Dennis Espley who was the first to cross the finish line following his 10-mile walk.
The Garden Re-Leaf Cycle Challenge
The Garden Re-Leaf Cycle Challenge saw 15 intrepid bike enthusiasts taking on the endurance test of 50 or 100 miles.
Teams from Taylors Bulbs, Mr Fothergill's, Hozelock, Briers, Poplars Garden Centre, Durston Garden Products, and Elho all saddled up to take on the gruelling course for to raise vital funds for Greenfingers.
Matt Jackson from Mr Fothergill’s was first across the finish line having completed the 100 miles route.
Garden Re-Leaf founder Boyd Douglas-Davies set all 11 of his Hillview stores a challenge for this year’s Plantathon – to plant 101 plants in 12 hours. Totalling an impressive 1,111 pots, £1 from every planter sold went to Greenfingers
The staff at Squire’s Garden Centres in Woking also got their hands dirty, potting over 500 lovely, bright and cheerful spring plants for Garden Re-Leaf, at their opening weekend. There was also a guest appearance by gardening expert and presenter Charlie Dimmock who helped to plant her own containers in aid of Greenfingers.
Bob Hewitt’s Klondyke centres held 12-hour Plantathons in six of their stores, sales of potted containers donated to Greenfingers.
A QVC Garden Re-Leaf Show
A special QVC Gardening Show was broadcast on the popular shopping channel on Sunday 18 March.
It raised a staggering £31,800 from the sales of plants, bulbs and garden sundries.
Richard Jackson presented the programme with the help from many generous suppliers: De Jager Bulbs, Hayloft Plants, Plants2Gardens, Mont Rose of Guernsey, Thompson & Morgan and Richard Jackson’s Garden.
Garden Centre Events
Many garden centres got quizzical for Garden Re-Leaf Day, with masterminds at Perrywood Garden Centre and Poplars Garden Centre each raising over £1,600, whilst all monies from the general knowledge experts at Altons Garden Centre totalled £450.
Tates Paradise Park held a garden quiz for local gardening clubs, as well as an auction of flower arrangements made by a local floristry group, plus a sale of special Garden Re-Leaf Day cupcakes in the coffee shop.
Old Railway Garden Centre raised a spectacular £1,000 for Greenfingers during their Garden Re-Leaf Fundraising Day, which included a Quiz and Curry Night.
Cake Sales, Coffee Mornings and Raffles
Cake Sales,Coffee Mornings and Raffles proved a popular Garden Re-Leaf FUNdraiser. Whitehall Garden Centres donated £1 from every hot drink and cupcake sold in their restaurants. The staff at Mr Fothergill’s head office baked green cakes to sell, meanwhile Haskins Garden Centres held staff cake sales at their stores. Downtown Garden Centre and A.H.S Ltd also produced their best bakes to raise money for Greenfingers.
Regional sponsored walks were organised for those who couldn’t get to Wendover.
Orchard Park staff walked approximately 15 miles to Lakeside Garden Centre in Warminster. The Hozelock team completed a sponsored 10km walk through the beautiful surroundings of Sutton Park, a national nature reserve close to their Birmingham site. And Longacres held a sponsored walk which started at the Garden Centre in Shepperton and finished at Bagshot, with a pit stop at their Chobham branch.
Kew Green Hotels
Kew Green Hotels put the FUN into fundraising by 'Going Green for Greenfingers', with staff turning their hotels green across the country.
Many competed for the coveted 'Best Costume' prize, which was won by Emma Harding for her brilliant Crayola outfit.
Other branches held raffles, cake sales and had donation buckets in public areas. Staff and members at the Holiday Inn Leeds Brighouse completed an epic 12-hour Bikeathon.