The sixth Garden Re-Leaf Day Sponsored Walk and Cycle Challenge may only be a few weeks away (March 13th 2020) but that doesn’t mean it is too late to join in! Teams and individuals from across the garden retail sector have already confirmed their place at the start-line, and you can too! The annual event, designed to raise funds for Greenfingers Charity whilst also kickstarting the gardening season, has become a popular date in the calendar and this year is set to be no different.
Starting and ending at the newly acquired British Garden Centres’ Chilton Garden Centre, the walk and cycle routes will take participants on a stunning tour of the Chiltern Hills, a designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Walkers can choose to explore a 10- or 20-mile route, whilst cyclists will embark upon either a 25, 50, 75 or 100km route (or as many times round the 25km route as they can muster!) that could take in the 276m elevation that enables the Chilterns to provide stunning views across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.
A superb networking opportunity, the Garden Re-Leaf Walk and Cycle Challenge is popular with teams from across the supply chain who want to come together to enjoy some out-of-office team building. The event also welcomes individuals from a wide range of suppliers and retailers, who quickly find their ‘team’ along the way. Previous participants have confirmed that the event has seen new friendships and new business relationships forged.
To date, eager teams from Hornby Whitefoot PR, Deco-Pak, Glee, GIMA and Mr Fothergills have all signed up or pledged their support to take part in the sponsored walk or cycle challenge, whilst Evergreen Garden Care, Farplants and Westland have confirmed that they will be making their debut at the 2020 event. In 2019 over 100 people took part in the walk, with more showed real pedal power by taking part in the cycle challenge. However, for 2020 the Greenfingers team is hoping to far exceed these numbers.
Linda Petrons, Director of Fundraising & Communications: “The Sponsored Walk and Cycle Challenge have become synonymous with Garden Re-Leaf Day, and each year we welcome more and more people to the event. This year, in what is Greenfingers 21st anniversary, we are asking the garden retail industry and others to get together with friends and colleagues to join in the fun. Whether you are walking as part of a team, or on your own, the sense of comradery and fun that keeps participants going is just superb and will help the time fly by as you complete mile after mile. We are endlessly grateful for those that participate in this fantastic event and look forward to welcoming everyone at this year’s event in just a few short weeks.”
Those interested in taking on the Garden Re-Leaf Sponsored Walk and Cycle Challenge can register at our website. If you want to find out more about how to get involved in Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day 2020, whether by putting on events in your garden centre, through sponsored solo activities or simply by donating please contact the Greenfingers office on 01494 674749 or email Linda@greenfngerscharity.org.uk. We look forward to hearing from you!