One of the UK’s leading commercial nurseries in Hereford recently (June, 2016) helped to raise £1,000 for Greenfingers by taking part in its ‘Turn Old into Gold’ fundraiser.
Wyevale Nurseries raised the money by auctioning off some of its plants in aid of the charity, which creates gardens for children who spend time in hospices across the UK.
Adam Dunnett, sales and marketing director at Wyevale Nurseries, said: “We donated approximately 800 plants to be auctioned off. Some of the stock was from us and some were donated by Wyevale Garden Centres, which recently had a show garden at the RHS Malvern Spring Garden Show where they won a gold medal.
“We collected the show plants for them at the end of the event and they have asked if we could donate them to a charity and we suggested Greenfingers. We are delighted that the plants managed to raise £1,000 for the charity.
“We donated a selection of plants to the fundraiser last year and will continue to do so throughout 2016. It’s great that we can dispose of unwanted stock and know that it will be going to a good home while also raising money for a great charity. Greenfingers do a fantastic job building magical gardens for children with life-limiting illnesses in children’s hospices across the UK.”
The fundraiser is supported by wholesale logistics company Decco. Greenfingers will arrange for plants/products to be taken to W & H Peacock Auctions in Bedford who will auction the goods and donate all the money it raises to Greenfingers.
The money raised by Turn Old into Gold will go towards the ‘A Million Moments Appeal’, which aims to raise £1million during the next three years to enable Greenfingers to bring the gift of a garden to at least 5,000 more children and families who spend time in a hospice.
David Mitchell, plant buyer at Wyevale Garden Centres, said: “We were delighted to win a prestigious RHS Gold Medal and Best in Show Award at the recent Malvern Spring Show. This wouldn’t have been possible without the outstanding quality of plants provided by Wyevale Nurseries and other key suppliers so when we heard about Greenfingers’ campaign to auction off plants to raise money it seemed the perfect home for our show plants.”
Goods can be collected as Greenfingers will contact Decco who will then be in touch to arrange the collection and delivery to W & H Peacock Auctions. All deliveries collected by Decco will need to be on shrink wrapped pallets or boxed.
Linda Petrons, head of fundraising at Greenfingers, said: “We would like to thank Wyevale Nurseries and Wyevale Garden Centres for their support and also helping us spread the word about our Turn Old into Gold campaign. We hope many other horticultural businesses get involved with the fundraiser and help us to continue our work which really is making a difference.”
Since Greenfingers was established in 1999 it has completed 50 gardens and outdoor spaces at children’s hospices across the UK.