Gardeners to cycle from London to Brighton to fundraise for Perennial

Activity to support Perennial's Go Green fundraising fortnight in September has been boosted by news that the Three Peaks Extreme (3PE) team will be re-forming for the London to Brighton cycle ride on 6 September.

Cyclists. Image: MorgueFile
Cyclists. Image: MorgueFile

The team raised more than £26,000 for the charity in 2013.

In addition, members of Perennial’s ‘Grubby Gardeners’ fundraising team including trainee garden designer Claire Vokins, RHS Wisley trainee Jamie Butterworth, head gardener and garden designer David Lewis and head gardener Andrew Wain are planning to ride a 7-seater bike in the same event.

They need one more rider to complete the team and have asked those interested to contact @CEVokins via Twitter for information.

The charity ride, which takes place over 54 miles between Clapham Common and Brighton waterfront, will feature Perennial cyclists for the first time this year. All are raising funds for the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping horticulturists in times of crisis.

Matt O’Conner, managing director of John O’Conner Grounds Maintenance and the coordinator of the 3PE team’s London to Brighton cycle, said: "We always said we’d like to follow our epic Three Peaks Extreme challenge with further fundraising events for Perennial and this seemed like a great opportunity to get some of the lads back together and in training for another big event next year. We are a cross-industry team and can all appreciate the invaluable service Perennial offers us and colleagues across UK horticulture."

Other confirmed Go Green activity includes a team entering the Nuts Challenge on 5 September – participants include Shaw Pye of Boningdale Nurseries (formerly BALI) and Claire Vokins, Croydon based trainee garden designer.

Also, Buckland Nurseries in Dorking, Surrey and Ansell Garden Centre in West Drayton, Middlesex, are selling Perennial wristbands during the fortnight, which runs from on 1-14 September.

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