TV gardening personality, David Domoney, has recently been confirmed as the Greenfingers Charity’s newest Patron. The role will see David support the charity’s work in building magical and therapeutic gardens for life-limited children in hospices across the country.
David has been a great supporter of Greenfingers for many years, giving his time to support for the charity’s and initiatives, including Garden Re-Leaf Day, where he has raised awareness through social media, given gardening talks and hosted children’s workshops at garden centres to raise vital funds for the charity.
David is an ITV television presenter, and co-presents with Alan Titchmarsh on Britain’s most popular TV garden show ‘Love Your Garden’ over the last 10 years. He is also the resident garden presenter on ITV’s This Morning and presents on Saturday Morning with James Martin. In 2018, David was selected by HRH Prince Edward to receive the Excellence in Horticulture Award. David has also won 30 RHS Medals for garden design, horticultural displays and science exhibits.
A strong believer and prolific public speaker on the benefits of plants and gardens on our mental and physical wellbeing, David has also created educational exhibits, presented on TV shows and regularly written on the topic, promoting the positive power of plants to international audiences.
Due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the Home & Gift Buyers’ Festival will now be postponed to 2021.
The 2020 edition of Home & Gift will now take place in Harrogate on the 18-21 July, 2021. Kelly Grant, Show Director comments, “It is with a heavy heart that today we announce the postponement of Home & Gift for the first time in its 60-year history. Our absolute priority is to safeguard the health and welfare of all those and this postponement is a necessity, given both the material and ongoing disruption caused by the current pandemic and the latest public health and government directions.”
The 2021 edition, will now celebrate the 60th anniversary of Home & Gift and will be a special opportunity for the community to come together in better times. The show will combine all the exciting features planned for this year, including the highly anticipated 60th anniversary party, plus the 2021 edition’s enhanced ShopTalk speaker programme, new sectors and even more key brands and buyers.
A major part of the UK’s gardening industry worth £1.4 billion, which includes hundreds of family businesses up and down the country, could be destroyed following the UK coronavirus shutdown, claims the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA).
Peak season has only a matter of weeks left for the horticulture sector which has formed an essential part of British life for over 350 years. It includes the ornamental crop sector, which grows bulbs, bedding plants, cut flowers, pot plants and stock mostly sold through garden centres, supermarkets, florists and DIY stores.
Around 650 businesses across the UK produce ornamental crops, which contribute £1.4 billion in total to the country’s GDP annually and employ over 15,000 people directly and almost 30,000 indirectly. Many of these jobs form a vital lifeline for rural communities.
The perishability and seasonality of plants means that an estimated £200million of seasonal plants will have to be scrapped across the ornamental horticulture industry.
In the current climate, we are always looking for a good news story to lift our spirits and what is better than giving back to charity and community? One company that is doing just that is Primeur – the brand behind the game changing ECO Garden and Mighty Mats collections. From raffles to product donations, the business, known for its innovative garden products made of recycled rubber tyres, regularly arranges events and fundraisers to give back to a range of charities and worthy causes. Here the company summarises how its helping charity causes to thrive.
Primeur has a strong commitment to working with its nominated charities, Sue Ryder and Greenfingers. The team at Primeur always encourage staff to give back to the local community and have made product donations to make life’s everyday moments more enjoyable for those that desperately need it.
For the past year, the West Yorkshire company has been successful in raising considerable amounts of money for Manorlands, a Sue Ryder hospice near Keighley that offers expert palliative care, as well as supporting people with life-limiting conditions. The Primeur team has been generously raising vital funds for the hospice through seasonal raffles for Easter eggs and Christmas hampers, as well as taking part in the Manorlands Challenge Days, the most recent being at the Coniston Hotel last year.