HornbyWhitefoot PR Blog

Here at HWPR, we intend to start blogging every week to give you an idea of what’s been happening in our world, the successes and some of our top gardening tips!

Last week was a busy time for us.  Monday saw the start of our new partnership with Greenfingers Charity (www.greenfingers.org.uk) where we will be helping with their marketing and social media.  HWPR already have a great relationship with Greenfingers as we do the PR for Garden Re-leaf Day, so working with Greenfingers on their communication output also will create the perfect synergy for the two brands.

Preparation for Glee at Spring Fair was ramped up last week with an interview with Event Director Matt Mein who explains why the show is a must attend for garden retailers and buyers.  Hillview’s Burford House Garden Store have been getting into the festive spirit and will soon be hosting the UK’s largest Holly and Mistletoe Auctions.   We have managed to gain coverage on The Sun’s Gardening website also the BBC will be broadcasting live from the auction so it’s a very exciting time for them in the run up to Christmas!

Last week also saw the Garden Media Guild Awards take place which “saluted the people who are in the business of celebrating the colour, growth, beauty and magic of gardens” according to its host Gyles Brandreth.  We were truly honoured to sit next to Marian Foster who won the Radio Broadcaster of the Year at the ceremony.

This week (November 25th – December 3rd) –  is National Tree Week, an annual celebration run by The Tree Council, to raise awareness and appreciation of trees as well as encourage planting.   Trees have been traditionally planted towards the end of the year and in the colder months as they have “shut down” and by spring and early summer they will have benefited from optimum growing conditions, having had the opportunity to establish their root system whilst dormant.

With the recent news that the number of trees planted in England has fallen to its lowest rate since 1971, it has never become more important to plant, in your garden or at a community event.

If you do buy a tree to plant this week, here is a quick guide to planting:

  • Make sure you dig a hole that is approximately three times the size of the pot or root ball.
  • Soak the root ball before planting and tease out the roots, before placing in the hole where you want to plant.
  • Fill with soil but compact too much as this will stop water and air circulation. Water well.
  • Stake your tree if it needs support and put a guard around the base of the trunk to stop little critters nibbling at the bark.