Dazzling with colourful interest in the sunshine, the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is a tremendously popular annual event as it caters for both keen gardeners and also families who want a terrific day out.
GardenSite has been associated with the Sutton Coldfield branch of Breast Cancer Now for many years, and through various fund raising schemes and a generous donation from Legal & General, we have been able to present a cheque for £550 to this marvellous charity.
Established in 1997, members of the Sutton Coldfield group raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer Now in north Birmingham. To date, they have raised over £700,000 towards their target of £1million.
Volunteers raise these funds through the generosity of their friends, family and the local community, holding many types of events from Charity Balls and Christmas Fayres to Golf Days and Car Boot Sales.
In our garden centres we display Breast Cancer Now collection boxes for customers to donate. They are bright pink so it’s hard to miss them! Customers can also buy a badge for £1 to raise awareness.
During the autumn of 2012 we launched a Facebook campaign, offering to donate 25p for every 'like' our page received. The total 'likes' when the campaign closed was 547, which amounted to a sum of £136.75.
Over Christmas we decided that we would also donate a percentage of the profits from our Santa’s Grotto, which came to £100.00 in total.
A £200 donation from Legal and General was also gratefully received, the presentation to Nathan Dodd, our Marketing Manager, is shown in the photograph.
A grand total of £550.00 has been raised for Breast Cancer Now and we are happy to say that we will continue to work closely with the charity in the future, hopefully we can raise a lot more over time to help fight the disease and raise awareness.
If you would like to keep up to date with Breast Cancer Now, contact them through their website or Facebook page.
Building a Hutch Company Starter Chicken Coop is easy by following the detailed instructions that are supplied, it is a practical design that uses excellent quality wooden panels and requires only a screwdriver for assembly.
With a view to introducing their impressive range of timber products to GardenSite, David Coton recently visited Churnet Valley Garden Furniture to look around their manufacturing facility.
GLEE is the garden retail industry's annual show, David Coton took the opportunity to visit this year's event at the NEC in Birmingham to catch up with the news, visit current and potential suppliers and evaluate new products we can offer on GardenSIte in the coming year.
With a La Hacienda chimenea or firepit providing light and heat whatever the thermometer says, David Coton discovers that you can continue savouring an outdoor lifestyle even in late summer and the cool of an autumn evening.