Greenfingers Charity has announced that Guy Topping, managing director of The Barton Grange Group has joined its board of trustees, following the charity’s AGM on 28 January.
During his 20-plus years as part of the board at The Barton Grange Group, Guy has taken the garden centre division from one centre to three and then back to one again.
Guy is also chairman of Preston Youth Zone which, once built, will deliver 21st century youth provision to the young people of Preston and surrounding areas.
Talking about his appointment to the board, Guy said: “Greenfingers has always had a spot close to my heart with its combination of great horticulture and deserving young people. The gardens it builds make such a difference to people at possibly the most desperate of times. I am looking forward to joining some great people and hope to be able to contribute to a rosy future for this fantastic charity. “
Sue Allen, chairman of Greenfingers Charity added: “I am not only delighted as Chairman of Greenfingers but also on a personal level that Guy has agreed to become a trustee. He and I have worked closely together over more years than I care to remember. I was his vice chairman of GCA, and I also had great fun on his committee creating the International Garden Centre Congress in the UK in 2009.
“He has always been a reliable supporter of Greenfingers and many of you will know of his expertise as a master of ceremonies and an auctioneer extracting huge bids for the most unlikely items when raising funds for Greenfingers at GCA conferences and events. I know he will prove to be a great addition to our already enthusiastic and energetic team of trustees.”