We believe that our garden centres should be at the absolute heart of the local community. After all we provide a lovely plant filled environment for people to wander around, and our Café Bars are a very pleasant place to meet friends and family – so we can really be a community hub for people of all ages.
We enjoy the support of local people and so it is only right that we should contribute to the locality. Therefore we support and participate in many local activities and events, such as ‘In Bloom’ competitions, the Farnham Carnival, hosting an annual Rose Show at our Shepperton centre, supplying plants for the locks on the Thames, not to mention lots of local school and village fetes and many other local causes from hospices to local planting initiatives.
Each of our garden centres also selects their own charity of the year, which is a local charity that is often close to many of our hearts. Each centre works closely with their chosen charity to support their wonderful work in the local community, as well as raising awareness and money for them. In 2017 we raised over £21,000 for our local charities, primarily from customer donations at our free Christmas grottos, as well as from special fundraising events, and from customers putting money into collection pots, wishing wells and fountains at Squire’s.
We love having local school children come and visit us to learn more about gardening and get inspired. We’ve also donated and help plant daffodil bulbs with the council in various local parks, to bring a splash of colour that can be enjoyed by lots of local people when they bloom each year in springtime.
As a business we are part of and serve the local community, so we will continue to work hard to provide the best quality plants and products, as well as getting involved in projects that benefit the whole community.