Buying cheap Christmas tree lights from an online auction site, rather from a trusted retailer such as GardenSite, might seem a good idea at the time but you will probably change your mind after reading a recent report from Which?
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.
It was all change this year for GLEE, the garden retail industry's annual show that is usually held at the NEC in Birmingham. Due to pandemic restrictions, a virtual show took its place with product launches, presentations and awards all happening online.
After quizzing themselves with the question "How can we make better sheds?" Forest Garden have been busy over the last 12 months upgrading and improving their existing shed range so that they now offer higher quality, cost-effective and better designed sheds for every gardener. David Coton visited their factory last week, and here is what he discovered about the relaunched Better Shed range.
Although the growing season is slowly coming to an end, David Coton can suggest quite a few jobs that need to be done over the next few weeks, helping you make the most of what's left of summer and preparing for the arrival of autumn.
GardenSite's senior partner Robert Hall explains the actions we're taking in order to beat the challenges surrounding Covid-19 as well as handy information for customers who are still awaiting the delivery of their order during these unprecedented times.