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, the deputy chairman for Squire’s, said: “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.”
To date, Greenfingers has created 49 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.
Speaking on behalf of the charity, John Ashley, chairman for Greenfingers, said: “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. The money raised through the scheme really will make such a difference to the lives of children and families who spend time in hospices.”
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: https://www.justgiving.com/greenfingers/