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GCA announces three new inspectors at conference
Conference gets off to a flying start raising £27k for Greenfingers
Pansies regain the GCA Greenfingers Challenge Cup
Haggis sells for £500 a plate as the Greenfingers Challenge gets Conference off to a tasty start
LOFA prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a new Chairman and Vice Chairman at the helm
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Onion sets and seed potatoes selling through
Magic start to the year for growing media sales
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Notcutts celebrates 120 years of glorious gardening
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Wyevale Nurseries raises £1,042 for Greenfingers Charity
Green festival during Plantarium 2017
Exhibitor stands at PATS Sandown 'sold out'
Slow start to trading in 2017 as footfall is down
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Pansies regain the GCA Greenfingers Challenge Cup

The Pansies (garden centre's) beat The Cabbages (suppliers) in this years GCA Greenfingers Challenge held at the Fairmont Hotel in Scotland.

The 2017 challenge involved a round of indoor "golf" devised and created by Ian Flounders and Richard Newton from Woodlodge.

The prize for best dressed golfer went to Guy Topping with his wife,Carol winning the Best dressed lady golfer award.

The sponsors for the event which raised over £27,000 for Grennfingers were:

  • Airedale
  • Apta
  • Aylett Nurseries
  • Baker & Taylor
  • Barton Grange
  • Bents
  • Briers
  • Cadix
  • Castle Gardens
  • Chessington
  • Coolings
  • Cowells
  • Crest Garden
  • Decco
  • Deco-Pak
  • Glee
  • Haskins
  • Hayes Garden World
  • Hozelock
  • IFSE
  • Kaemingk
  • Klondyke
  • Lofa
  • McKean Consulting
  • Millbrook
  • Monkton Elm
  • MSL
  • Old Railway Line
  • Perrywood
  • Poplars
  • Premier Decorations
  • Profitplant
  • Ruxley Manor
  • Scomac
  • Smart Garden
  • Squires
  • St Peters
  • Taylors Bulbs
  • Webbs
  • Whitehall
  • Widdop & Bingham
  • Woodlodge
  • Zest4Leisure
Thank you to all who took part and donated sufficient funds to pay for half of another much needed garden at a Childrens Hospice.  Thank you.


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