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Garden Re-Leaf Day raises £61k

Published: 24 July 2013
Friday, March 14, 2014 is the date for the next official Garden Re-Leaf Day, after a wildly successful 2013 event which saw £61,379 raised for Greenfingers.
Retailers will have the option to extend their promotions across the gardening weekend of March 14 next year, a peak date for the garden industry. Speaking at the recent GIMA Awards, Re-Leaf Day founder Boyd Douglas-Davies revealed the results of this year's event, exceeding last year's total by £6,379.

Mr Douglas-Davies, also ceo of Hillview Garden Centre, said: "The aim of Garden Re-Leaf Day is to create industry-wide impetus that helps to stimulate spring garden retail sales, to inspire gardeners of all kinds and engage with the wider community. It's also an opportunity to raise money for charity along the way.

"The response to this year's event was fantastic with hundreds of garden centres, suppliers and industry supporters taking part. Thanks to their positive feedback, I am pleased to confirm that Garden Re-Leaf Day will be held again next year; giving the industry a chance to get 2014 sales off to the strongest possible start."

Greenfingers, the industry charity which builds gardens in children's hospices across the UK, will receive the 2013 donation and will put the money towards its Rosy Cheeks Appeal. This aims to raise £750,000 to build at least ten more hospice gardens over the next two years.

Said chairman of the charity Matthew Wilson, "This money will help us to build the first five, at Little Havens Hospice in Essex, Ellenor Lions Hospice in Kent, Chestnut Tree House in Sussex, Forget Me Not Children's Hospice in Yorkshire and Horizon House in Belfast."

Events offered nationally by Re-Leaf Day 2013 included a range of plant and product special offers from manufacturers and supplies, a celebrity gardening quiz, and a HTA national gardening gift voucher competition.

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