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Countdown to second annual Garden Re-Leaf Day

Published: 27 February 2013
Around 500 garden centres and industry suppliers across the UK are putting the final plans in place for the second annual Garden Re-Leaf Day, which takes place on Friday, March 8, marking the launch of gardening season.
Countdown to second annual Garden Re-Leaf Day
The Garden Centre Group, Klondyke, Scotsdales, Webbs, Squires, Bents and Notcutts are among those running Garden Re-Leaf Day events in the hopes of both boosting spring customer footfall and raising money for Greenfingers, the official Re-Leaf Day charity.

Events across the country include a nationally-available Gardening Quiz featuring questions set and recorded by a range of TV gardening celebrities, and a HTA-run Natinoal Gardening Gift Voucher competition called 'Find the Winning Plot.' Local initiatives being run by garden centres include children's planting activities, community garden makeovers, in-store 'plant doctor' advice, sports challenges, raffles and competitions.

Supporters for Garden Re-Leaf Day include the Garden Centre Association (GCA) and the Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA). The QVC shopping channel is also broadcasting two fund-raising shows on Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10 at 9am, donating at least £1 per product sold to Garden Re-Leaf. Suppliers who have rallied their support include Thomson & Morgan, Raymond Evison Clematis, Burgon & Ball and Luxform.

Suppliers William Sinclair Horticulture, Solus and Javado have gone one step further by making selected special products available for retail sale in aid of Re-Leaf Day.

Last year the first ever Garden Re-Leaf Day rose more than £55,000 for Greenfingers, which was able to create two specially-designed family gardens at children's hospices in West Dunbartnoshire and Stone-on-Trent with the funds.

The initiative was thought up as a garden industry answer to the BBC's Comic Relief by Hillview Garden Centre chief executive Boyd Douglas Davies. He said: "Garden Re-Leaf Day is a fantastic opportunity to get customers shopping for their gardens again after the winter months. If you're looking for inspiration on how to get involved, visit the Garden Re-Leaf Day website where there are lots of ideas.

"And if you do arrange a last-minute activity, don't forget to add the details to the Garden Re-Leaf Day website so your customers and the media can see what's on."


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