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British Red Cross Great Spring Gardening Event celebrates the arrival of spring

10 April 2013

For immediate release  Wednesday 10 April, 2013
For further information  Sue Burleigh (sburleigh@redcross.org.uk)
Contact number  (01432) 373020

As the long-awaited first signs of spring finally begin to flourish, the British Red Cross in Herefordshire will be celebrating at its annual fundraiser – the Great Spring Gardening Event.

Tickets are still available for the event which takes place on Wednesday 24 April at the private Whitfield Estate in Wormbridge, Herefordshire. The Whitfield Estate is not generally open to members of the public and so the event will offer a great opportunity for visitors to enjoy the beauty of its parkland and private gardens.

Now in its sixteenth year, the Great Spring Gardening Event is highly regarded and recognised as an important occasion on both the horticultural and social calendar. This year, the event has been listed on the notable Debrett’s social season, running alongside prestigious events such as the Chelsea Flower Show and Royal Ascot.

Jules Hudson, television presenter and Herefordshire resident, is supporting the event. He said: “For me, gardening is my great escape and something I can do creatively. Gardeners love to share both their gardens and experiences and events such as this are a great opportunity to celebrate traditions we love.”

Gardener, writer and television presenter, Sarah Raven, has also donated 3,000 packets of seeds to help with the charity’s fundraising efforts.

Despite inclement weather, last year’s event, held at Berrington Hall, Leominster, raised over £22,000 for the Red Cross. In 2011, the total sum was just over £34,000 and it is hoped that a similar amount can be achieved this year. 

Sue Burleigh, senior community fundraiser at the Red Cross in Herefordshire, said: “We are all very excited about this year’s Great Spring Gardening Event.  If the work that the organising committee has put into the preparation is anything to go by, this year’s event is going to be bigger and more successful than ever before. We have a fabulous venue and some fantastic activities planned. It really will be a great day out for everyone.”

All the money raised from the event will be used to fund the work of the Red Cross.

The annual gardening event will feature over 100 suppliers, nurseries, corporate supporters and sponsors who will provide an array of garden related items, plants, country clothing and outdoor lifestyle ranges.

The event runs from 10.30am to 4.30pm on Wednesday 24 April 2013. Admission is £7.00 per person at the entrance gate or £6.00, in advance, via www.redcross.org.uk/gardeningevent. Ticket price includes entrance to the event and some of the private gardens.

A limited number of pre-booked, two course lunches are available with reserved seating in a private area of the main catering marquee. The price of £30 each includes entry to the event.

For more information about the Great Spring Gardening Event, please call Sue Burleigh on 01432 373020 or visit redcross.org.uk/gardeningevent.

A 24 hour information hotline with recorded updates is available on 0844 893 0080 – please note calls to this line are charged at 5p per minute.  Calls from Broadband phones and mobiles could be considerably more.

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Notes to editors

Photographs of Jules Hudson, with Sue Burleigh and Debra Tritton – event committee member - are available on request. 

Free press passes are available for the event. Please contact Rebecca McIlhone (rmcilhone@redcross.org.uk) 0117 301 2624 to register.

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