A 24-hour ‘Plant-athon’ held recently by Squire’s Garden Centres has raised over £4,000 for charity.
Squire’s managing director Dennis Espley led the initiative, planting day and night to raise funds for Greenfingers, a charity that creates inspiring gardens for children and their families to relax in and enjoy at hospices around the UK.
The event started on March 17 at the south-east garden centre group’s Badshot Lea centre, and then moved to Squire’s in Twickenham overnight, finishing on Friday March 18.
Dennis Espley was joined by some special guests including Andy McIndoe, who is one of the UK’s leading horticulturists with a record 25 gold medal wins at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and Andrew Gill, president of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture.
Customers came along to watch the Plant-athon, as did children from Badshot Lea Infant School. They asked questions, got gardening hints and tips, and rolled up their sleeves to get involved in the planting too.
Specially planted-up Spring pots from the Plant-athon were sold, with 20% from each sale donated to Greenfingers.
Squire’s Garden Centres is a family-owned horticultural business that operates 15 centres across Surrey, Sussex, Berkshire, Middlesex, north and west London.
Squire’s Garden Centres managing director Dennis Espley in action at the 24-hour ‘Plant-athon’