The second of Glee’s new-for-2023 registration incentive saw one lucky attendee win £1,000 to spend at the show. The recipient was Sarah Daniel from Pengelly Garden Centre in Cornwall.
Sarah has used the prize fund to help local schools get into gardening.
The registration incentive was a first of its kind for Glee. Its only stipulation was that the money would be spent with a 2023 exhibitor whilst at the show.
Sarah made a beeline for the Zest stand, where she proceeded to purchase a bundle of Zest’s bestsellers, including the Garden Bar, Emily three-seater garden bench, Veg Bed, and Sleeper Cold Frames.
Pengelly Garden Centre and Sarah’s mission was clear, using 50% of the proceeds to kickstart a unique growing project she had earmarked with five local schools. The other 50% used to buy even more Zest products to further fund the project, helping it to remain self-sustaining.
Upon hearing of Sarah’s plan, Zest’s MD, Steve Morgan, donated five potting benches and five raised bed vegetable planters to further bolster the vision.
These have already been allocated to the schools in a boost to their grow-your-own aspirations.
Sarah Daniel of Pengelly Garden Centre on her win
Sarah said of her win: “Winning Glee’s incentive was a superb way to begin my time at Glee 2023.
“I knew right away that I wanted to use the money towards Zest’s GYO products. It’s superb that they have been able to top up the ‘win’ with their very generous donation.
“The products have already been put to good use. Not only within the schools themselves but also to further fund the long-term vision for the project.
“Our selected schools are already engaged, with our autumn workshop set to build upon this.
“It will be great to introduce children to growing, to let them understand where their food comes from and cultivate some more interest in our industry for future generations to come on board, either working with us, shopping in our stores or doing their own gardens.
“It’s crucial that we get involved, as the children in our schools are the futures of all our businesses.”