News and announcements from Grosvenor Garden Centre, Chester


Archive for April, 2010

Children Today Charity benefits from Grosvenor Fundraising

Grosvenor has concluded more than 12 months of fundraising in aid of Christleton-based charity, Children Today, by raising a grand total of almost £3000.

As Grosvenor’s nominated charity last year, Children Today provides specialist, life-changing mobility equipment for children and young people with disabilities and sickness.  The charity works towards helping each child reach his or her maximum potential to lead a full and active childhood by supplying specially-adapted wheelchairs, tricycles and bespoke car seats.

The final sum raised was boosted by Horticulturalist, Charles Ashley, who completed his sixth gruelling Snowdonia Marathon.
Ruth Thompson, Head of Fundraising at Children Today said, “We are extremely grateful to Grosvenor and its customers for supporting us throughout the last 12 months.  With almost 400,000 disabled people under the age of 16 in the UK, the funds raised from Grosvenor’s support will really help to improve lives.  We receive applications from around 200 disabled people each year and any help is much appreciated.”

Forging links with the local community is an integral part of Grosvenor’s ongoing objectives and Iain Wylie, managing director, said: “Thank you to everyone who made a donation to Children Today here at Grosvenor and it is fantastic that we raised such a significant amount for such a worthwhile organisation.  The work they do to enhance the lives of young people is admirable and I am delighted that we were able to offer our support.”

Peat Free - Give it a grow at Grosvenor!

As part of its ongoing initiative to reduce impact on the environment, Grosvenor marked Compost Awareness Week (2nd – 8th May) by encouraging visitors to try peat-free.

With inspirational displays at the garden centre and special offers for visitors to take advantage of, Grosvenor is supporting the initiative to reduce the amount of peat used in composts and soil improvers in the UK and has therefore reduced the number of peat-based products available at the garden centre.
Peat-free and reduced peat composts are becoming more popular with gardeners due to recent improvements made to ensure they perform as well as peat based composts and this is great news for the environment.

“We offer many alternatives to peat-based composts here at Grosvenor and have been encouraged by the response to our policy of reducing the range of peat-free options.  Our organic ranges are proving especially popular and our team of specialists are always on hand to advise visitors of the alternatives available,” commented Ged Wilcock, Grosvenor’s Buyer. “Here at Grosvenor we are constantly looking at ways to improve our product offering to give visitors the most environmentally sound choices available,” stated Julie Gregory, Grosvenor’s Green City Team Leader.    
For further information on Grosvenor’s environmental policies see 

Peat Free - Give it a grow at Grosvenor!

Grosvenor’s Young Horticulturist Reaches Regional Finals

James Mabon, one of the team of qualified horticulturists at Grosvenor, reached the North West and North Wales regional finals of The Young Horticulturist of the Year Competition 2010.

Having qualified as a Horticulturist five years ago, James, 24 and who lives in Flint, entered the competition held by the Institute of Horticulture and open to any young person working in all sectors of the industry.

James soared through the initial local heat and went flying into the regional finals.

Alongside eight winners from local heats, James was asked a wide range of horticultural questions, with three identification rounds to further test the candidates and only one winner going forward to the Grand Final to be held at Kew Gardens in May.

“I am thrilled that I made it through to the regional finals stage of this prestigious competition.  Each step in the process was intensive and challenging and I wish the finalists the best of luck,” said James.

Grosvenor’s team of horticulturists were behind James all the way and were delighted to present him with a certificate and cheque for £50 from the Institute of Horticulture as a reward for his success in the regional finals.

“James is a highly popular member of the team here at Grosvenor and we are very proud of his achievement,” said Iain Wylie, managing director.