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Royal visit sends garden centre media coverage into the stratosphere

The Duchess of Cambridge chose her local garden centre, Fakenham Garden Centre, as her first choice for an official visit last week and as a result media coverage of UK garden centres has spread world wide.


The visit to the centre on Thursday afternoon was planned a few days ahead but the staff were not informed until an hour before.  General Manager Nick Haydon told GTN Xtra: "We were trading normally on a grey day and the sun came out on cue just before 2:00pm."


The Duchess, who has shopped at the centre before, spoke with owners Martin and Jenny Turner, some staff members, and then spent some time speaking with customers before doing some shopping for herself and a local hospice.


"We've had phone calls from media outlets as far afield as the USA and Australia since the visit and plenty of enquiries to ask what items were purchased." added Nick.


"After plenty of bad days during the period when we were closed this was most definitely a good day.  Quite a few of fellow Choice Marketing Group members are very jealous about the amount of media coverage we've had.  There have defiantly been a few more customers in the centre since Friday."


Coverage of the Royal Visit, which was embargoed until Friday lunchtime, has been seen in publications as diverse as Harpers Bazaar, Hello!, Regalfille, Dress like a Duchess, many local newspapers from the Central Fife Times to the South Wales Argus and most national newspapers including making the front page of The Sun and The Times.


With all the media coverage during closure and then about re-opening, garden centres have certainly been high on the news agenda this year.  Even today the Huff Post is suggesting a visit to the garden centre as one of their "It's A Scorcher! 11 Things To Do In The Sunshine After Work."

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