Garden Re-Leaf Day, which this year took place on 18th March, ‘blossomed’ into a cornucopia of different events taking place over the course of a whole week. Over £57,000 has already been pledged according to the organisers.
One of the most successful happenings was the ‘24 hour Plant-athon’, which involved numerous garden centres including Fryer’s Garden Centre, whose effort was fully supported by the local press and radio.
As part of Garden Re-Leaf Day, Blue Diamond managing director Alan Roper over 1,200 roses to sell on. Alan has also agreed to donate £10,000 ahead of the plant sales to enable Greenfingers to start creating new hospice gardens immediately.
Other events included The Great Garden Re-Leaf Walk, which at time of writing has raised £9,000. A spokesperson said: “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.
“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.”