*STOP PRESS* - GARDEN RE-LEAF DAY 2019 DATE ANNOUNCED FOR FRIDAY 22ND MARCH.
Garden Re-Leaf Day is Greenfingers annual fundraising event which sees many supporters, old and new, come together to raise funds for Greenfingers Charity.
Since Garden Re-Leaf Day started we have seen quiz nights in garden centres, cake baking, sponsored walks, school activities, QVC fundraising, Plantathons and much much more taking place right across the country.
Garden Re-Leaf raised over £70,000 in 2018, taking the total to £600,000 since its inception in 2012.
Here's what happened on Garden Re-Leaf Day 2018...
Garden Re-Leaf Walk
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 for Greenfingers Charity.
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.
Garden Re-Leaf Cycle Challenge
This year saw the inaugural Garden Re-Leaf Cycle Challenge with 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.
12 Hour Plantathons
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 got their hands dirty, potting over 500 lovely, bright and cheerful spring plants for Garden Re-Leaf, as well as their opening weekend. There was also a guest appearance by gardening expert and presenter Charlie Dimmock who also helped to plant her own containers in aid of Greenfingers.
Bob Hewitt’s Klondyke centres held 12-hour Plantathons in six of their stores with the sales of potted containers donated to Greenfingers.
QVC Garden Re-Leaf Show
A special QVC Gardening Show on Sunday 18th March was broadcast on the popular shopping channgel which has raised a staggering £31,800 from sales of plants, bulbs and garden sundries.
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 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 and selling 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 and Quiz and Curry Night.
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.
The Hozelock team completed a sponsored 10km walk through the beautiful surroundings of Sutton Park, a national nature reserve close to their Birmingham site.
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 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.