BALI and Horticulture Week's Magda Ibrahim attempt Three Peaks

BALI's Pillocks on the Hillocks team are days away from attempting the 24 hour Three Peaks Challenge, and all to help fund the construction of gardens in children's hospices across the UK through the industry's Greenfingers charity.


 Palmstead Nurseries have made a donation in support of the BALI Challenge as main sponsor and John O’Conner (Grounds Maintenance), whose MD Matt O’Conner is taking part, have also helped boost the donations total.

The team of 15, which includes former Horticulture Week deputy news editor Magda Ibrahim – and two conscripts from outside the industry, will set off from the foot of Ben Nevis at 11.30 am on 15 July and, several mini bus rides and leg draining steps later, should arrive at the foot of Snowdon at the same time the next day, Friday 16 July.

Brian Herbert, owner of Surrey-based BALI contractor Outdoor Options, has organised the BALI team and hopes the industry will support them: "We certainly aren’t doing this for our health but the cause is dear to all our hearts and we hope our industry colleagues will support us by going on the Just Giving website ( and donating as much as they can – it’s a real boost to see the total going up when we’ve just got back from a gruelling training session on Box Hill!"

The BALI Three Peaks Challenge Team:

Brian Herbert – Outdoor Options, Richard Gardiner, BALI National Chairman – Norris & Gardiner, Matt O’Conner – John O’Conner (Grounds Maintenance), Mark Gregory and Matt Moore – Landform Consultants, Paul Cowell and Anthony George – PC Landscapes , Andy Spetch –TOPSOIL, Paul Downer – Oak View Landscapes, Glynn Bawden, Samuel Day and Craig Tate-Grimes – Transform Landscapes, Magda Ibrahim – Horticulture Week

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