Staff put on their walking boots in aid of charity at Wyevale

FIFTEEN members of staff at a plant nursery in Hereford have this month (May, 2014) signed up to take part in a 30 mile sponsored walk to raise money for a children?s charity.

The employees at Wyevale Nurseries will walk the Mortimer Trail on Saturday, June 7 in aid of Greenfingers, which is dedicated to creating gardens at children?s hospices nationwide.

Adam Dunnett, Sales and Marketing Director at Wyevale Nurseries, explained: ?We thought taking part in a sponsored walk would be a great way to raise some money for Greenfingers. The charity does such fantastic work creating and improving the gardens at children?s hospices, which are invaluable to the families that use them.

?The walk will take us through the stunning Shropshire and Herefordshire countryside from Ludlow to Kington.?

The trek starts at Ludlow Castle and heads towards Aymestrey, crossing the River Teme before going through Haye Park Wood and Deer Park. This will then end up at the British Iron Age hill fort at Croft Ambrey.

At Aymestrey the team will join the River Lugg that will take them to Shobdon Hill Wood. The path will lead them to Byton and then onto Wapley Hill Iron Age Fort, and then finishing at Kington.

Adam added: ?This walk will be a challenge for the team but it does have amazing views. We hope to raise more than ?1,000 for Greenfingers. If people would like to sponsor us they can visit our JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/teams/Wyevale.?

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

The charity makes spaces for the whole family, so they can have fun, play and laugh away from the bedside, as well as having the space to rest, reflect and remember.?To date, Greenfingers has created 42 gardens.

Wyevale Nurseries is one of the largest family-run wholesale nurseries in the UK. It was established in 1928 by Harry Williamson, a horticulturist and entrepreneur. It became the company it is today under the leadership of his son, Peter, who sadly passed away in 2011.

The Williamsons? saw the opportunity to sell their product to an undeveloped retail market, creating one of the first garden centres, followed by a chain. In 1987, the retail side needed to expand and the 19 garden centres were sold as a PLC.

The family then turned its focus to Wyevale Nurseries Ltd. It continues to be a family-run business with ownership and joint chairmanship currently being held by the third generation, Heather and Simeon Williamson, with plans for the fourth generation to takeover in the future.

Wyevale Nurseries has a significant product range and is regularly introducing new plants. It offers a large variety of trees, shrubs, hedging, herbaceous and specimen plants to garden centres, landscape contractors, local authorities, foresters and landowners.

For further details about Wyevale Nurseries, which is based in Hereford, please call 01432 845 200 or visit www.wyevalenurseries.co.uk.

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