Meeting staff at Millbrook

Meeting staff at Millbrook

I spent Sunday 16 March at Millbrook Garden Centre in Gravesend to raise money for Garden Re-Leaf Day and Greenfingers charity!

I gave talks on therapeutic gardening and creating a sensory, stimulating garden that encourages wildlife to flourish, plus walking talks of the garden centre’s new, award-winning wildlife area, which includes a wildflower meadow, bird hide and insect hotel.

It was a delight to give some time and visit Millbrook for Garden Re-Leaf Day to raise money for Greenfingers charity, and meeting customers to talk about sensory gardening techniques and just how much plants enhance our lives was a pleasure to do.

Giving a talk

Giving a talk

The money raised from the event will go to Greenfingers’ Rosy Cheeks Appeal, which aims to raise £750,000 over two years to fund the creation of at least ten more unique children’s hospice gardens.

We also gave away free goody bags filled with exclusive giveaways including free tickets to the Ideal Home Show, an Ernest Charles seed blend from Gardman and a Watering Starter Kit from Hozelock. There was also a raffle to win a Beckbury three seat wooden bench by Hartman worth £249.99!

Picking the lucky raffle ticket

Picking the lucky raffle ticket for the bench (in the background)

I also had great fun running an interactive children’s workshop with seed planting activities for children and grown-ups alike to get stuck in. It was so encouraging meeting the kids and their parents  – and there was mud and compost everywhere by the end!

Getting our hands dirty

Getting our hands dirty

Millbrook also hopes to inspire children to get involved with the Rosy Cheeks Appeal and ran a competition asking local schoolchildren to suggest ideas that they would like to see in a garden for sick children. Here is the winning design from Longfield Academy!

The winning design

The winning design

Thanks for a great day raising plenty of money for a very good cause!