Plus fours at the ready for Greenfingers Challenge Cup

by | Jan 11, 2017 | Community, News | 0 comments

Garden centre and horticultural industry staff are this month (January, 2017) being asked to sign up for a fundraising event being held at the Garden Centre Association?s (GCA) annual conference.

A game of golf with a difference will take place on Sunday, January 22 at St Andrews in Scotland to raise money for Greenfingers, which creates gardens at children?s hospices nationwide.

Ian Flounders, The Cabbages team captain, said: ?I am thrilled to be taking over the reins from Danny Adamson at this exciting event for an extremely worthwhile cause.

?We have organised a game of golf with a difference. I will be taking charge of the supplier team, The Cabbages, while Guy Topping from Barton Grange Garden Centres will be leading the garden centre team, The Pansies.

?There are 18 holes on the course and we?re calling on suppliers and garden centres to sponsor a hole and book their teams in to join in the fun. Sponsorship starts from ?250 per hole and other sponsorship opportunities are available also. Each team will consist of four people, two from The Cabbages and two from The Pansies.

?The game promises to be unusual and a lot of fun. The dress code will be golfing attire and there will be prizes for the best dressed golfer, as well as for the lowest score and a prestigious trophy for the winning team. All sporting material will be provided by Woodlodge.?

The Cabbages team will sponsor the pins and The Pansies will sponsor the tees.

Anyone interested in taking part in the Greenfingers Challenge Cup should contact Ian Flounders on or call 07917 425966.

Ian added: ?During the evening there will be a light-hearted quiz, billed as ?The Topping Show Live? hosted by Guy, which will seek to raise more cash for this amazing charity.

?The event raised ?11,000 in 2016, so we?re hoping to beat that in 2017.?

Greenfingers was launched in November 1998 by a group of volunteers drawn from all sectors of the gardening industry.

It supports children who use hospices around the UK, along with their families, by creating outdoor spaces for them to enjoy with family, friends and siblings, whether through play and fun or therapeutic rest and relaxation. To date it has created 51 gardens and outdoor spaces in hospices around the country.

The GCA represents nearly 200 garden centres nationwide.

Through sharing information and its inspection programme the GCA helps members to achieve high standards in customer service, plant quality and reliability.

The GCA?s annual conference will be held at St Andrews in Scotland between January 22 and 25, 2017. More than 300 delegates are expected to attend the event.

For other information, please call 01244 952170, visit, log on to or follow the organisation on Twitter at


more latest news ➡

Bradford garden centre group wins award

Bradford garden centre group wins community award

The team at a Bradford-based garden centre group is celebrating after winning a regional business award. Yorkshire Garden Centres, owner of Tong, Tingley, Bingley and Otley Garden Centres, won the Community category of the Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business...

Feverfew launched new gardening apparel for women

Meet the supplier: Feverfew Garden Co

Taking the gardening glove market by storm, Feverfew Garden Co is the UK’s first garden wear brand exclusively designed for women, by women. Garden Centre Retail catches up with Rachel Eunson, the driving force behind the brand. As with many recent ventures,...

HSBC economist

Ex HSBC economist to speak at GCA conference 2024

Former HSBC Head of Economics will be helping delegates at the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual conference understand the resurgence of inflation and the challenges that it continues to bring (January 28 until 31, 2024). Mark Berrisford-Smith, who worked...

Primeur Whiskey Barrel

Primeur launches new range of recycled planters

Looking to the 2024 season, garden retailers can step up their sustainability game and enhance their outdoor offer with a brand-new Primeur range of recycled planter designs and colourways. If you are keen to stay ahead of the curve and meet the increasing demand...

Sustainable pest control launched on GROW platform

GCA GROW launches sustainable pest control course

Garden centre staff can now gain knowledge to help customers to deter and combat pests in a more natural, sustainable way via the GCA GROW (Garden Retail Online Workshops) e-Learning platform. The organisation has launched its new Sustainable Pest Control course....

Rising stars with Gordon Emslie

Rising Stars finalists announced

Five individuals from GCA member garden centres have reached the finals of the industry body’s Rising Stars programme sponsored by Westland Horticulture. The staff were put forward by their garden centres and took part in a series of workshops this year. GCA...

Read GCR's latest edition!

Subscribe ToThe Wednesday Word

Subscribe To
The Wednesday Word


Get all the latest news, events & more straight to your inbox every Wednesday.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This