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Mrs Betty Barnett Fiona Pickering

Keen gardener and pensioner, Betty Barnett, refused to believe it when Gardening Direct rang to say that she had won £14,000 in their summer competition to win a Volkswagen Golf or the cash equivalent.

A loyal Gardening Direct customer, Betty had quite forgotten that she had entered the Prize Draw when purchasing a Climbing Fuchsia plant and some Begonias earlier this year.

When presented with her cheque by Fiona Pickering (Gardening Direct’s Customer Services Director), Mrs Barnett was still in shock but said “As a long-standing Gardening Direct customer I am thrilled and delighted to win the prize. We have had a difficult year as my husband has been rather poorly so this money is especially welcome. It could not have come at a more opportune time for us. Everyone at Gardening Direct has been so kind, particularly as I refused to believe them and demanded proof!”

Travelling from Gardening Direct’s HQ to personally deliver the cheque, Fiona Pickering said “I am absolutely delighted to have had the opportunity to present the prize to such a lovely, long standing customer as Mrs Barnett. Her garden is a picture and I know that she will put the money to excellent use!”

Mrs Barnett lives with her husband (a retired international shipping director) in Wallingford, Oxon and has a small courtyard garden but six grandchildren. She has not yet decided what she will do with the money.


Notes for Editors

Gardening Direct is a division of Flying Brands, the publicly listed, multi-brand home shopping group. Flying Brands started life as Flying Flowers in the1980’s but quickly developed into a home retail business and in 1995 acquired DPA Direct, out of which developed Gardening Direct.

Today over 120 million plants are grown under glass in two nurseries on Jersey, delivering premium quality, high value plants to thousands of loyal Gardening Direct customers who appreciate the easy-to-grow plug plants as well as the superior quality bulbs and garden sundries.

Gardening Direct has over two million customers and the company is now a market leader.

For further information please contact:

Fiona Pickering – Customer Services Director
Tel: 0844 884 6596 direct

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