GIMA Golf Day will raise money for Perennial and Greenfingers in June 2016

Pictured: Anita Bates, Director of Marketing & Development at Perennial, meets Colin Wetherley-Mein, President of GIMA, at the Garden Press Event on 18 February 2016.

The Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA) has announced that its annual Charity Golf Day will donate to both Greenfingers and Perennial this year. For the third year running the event is returning to the Telford Hotel and Golf Resort in Shropshire on 9th June 2016. Designed by renowned course architects John Harris and Brian Griffiths, this 18 hole course is where Ian Woosnam won his first professional tournament. This will be the first year the event has donated proceeds to Perennial.

Colin Wetherley-Mein, Retail Sales Manager at Vitax and GIMA President, says:

“Our annual golf day raises a significant amount of money for our chosen charities. We have traditionally donated to Greenfingers, helping its great work in building gardens at children’s hospices throughout the UK. This year I am pleased to include Perennial as our second nominated charity, recognising its unique position in our industry, helping all those working in or retired from horticulture. We hope this year’s event is as popular as ever and I look forward to working with the Perennial team over the coming months.”

Laura Garnett, Development Manager at Perennial, says:

“We are thrilled to be working with GIMA to promote their Charity Golf Day this year. Our charity nomination from the President is testament to our growing standing in the UK horticulture industry and an ever-growing awareness of how Perennial helps all horticulturists, including those working in the retail and supply sectors. We look forward to helping GIMA promote the event.”

There are lots of ways to get involved with the event. Organisers are looking for sponsorship and donations for the charity raffle that will be held during the evening dinner. Individuals or teams of four can book a place at the tournament or can choose to attend the dinner and / or stay at the golf resort for the evening. Full details can be found at

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The Garden Industry Manufacturer’s Association (GIMA) is a dynamic and proactive membership organisation representing the majority share of suppliers and manufacturers operating within the UK gardening industry.  Formed over 15 years ago, its goal is to promote the commercial, trading and industrial interests of its members.

The range of services and support provided is extensive, offering something for all members, regardless of their size or heritage.   By running key industry networking events, offering targeted business services and tangible financial benefits, membership continues to grow, making GIMA a powerful voice in the gardening industry.

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