Naked fundraisers gather more Grubby Gardeners for Christmas calendar

A group of horticulturists who inspired a naked fundraising drive on Twitter which raised £1,000 are now planning a naked horticulture calendar.

The Grubby Gardeners' get naked for charity
The Grubby Gardeners' get naked for charity

Grubby Gardener Michael Perry, new product development manager at Thompson & Morgan, said: "I think we raised around £1,000 with our #gardeningselfie day on 3 May, with more than 75 people taking a gardening selfie, and donating to our text number at the same time.

"It was a huge amount of fun, and there has been a huge demand for a calendar, which will be going ahead, and released in time for Christmas."

The grubby gardeners were on a recruitment drive at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and Perry has hinted that some "key gardening names" have agreed to take part.

Sadly for his fans the world over, gardening national treasure Alan Titchmarsh has not yet volunteered to be one of them.

The naked charity calendar has become a worldwide phenomenon since it was popularised by members of the Rylstone Women's Institute who decided to pose naked undertaking traditional WI pursuits to raise money after group member Angela Baker's husband, John, died from non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 1999.

In 2003 a group of landscape gardeners, aged between 20 and 64, of Bisley-based Graduate Gardeners, produced a naked calendar to raise money for Cotswold Care Hospice, after a colleague’s wife died.

The 16 volunteers posed in gardens they had designed and the calendar’s first print run sold out in less than a week.


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Dazzling display of new plants at Four Oaks Trade Show 2017

Dazzling display of new plants at Four Oaks Trade Show 2017

A wide range of first-time exhibitors and established names will showcase a wealth of new varieties at September's Four Oaks Trade Show, says Matthew Appleby.

Product and service showcase

Product and service showcase

Fresh solutions to production problems can be found among the array of products and services being introduced at the Four Oaks Trade Show, Sally Drury reports.

Sargent's solutions - the benefits of CPD for your business

Sargent's solutions - the benefits of CPD for your business

Continual learning is an essential part of the job and professionals should embed it in their work process, says Alan Sargent.


 
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Industry Data

An exclusive report for HW subscribers revealing the key development trends, clients and locations for 2017.

Are you a landscape supplier?

Horticulture Week Landscape Project Leads

If so, you should be receiving our new service for Horticulture Week subscribers delivering landscape project leads from live, approved, planning applications across the UK.

Landscape Contracts & Tenders

Products & Kit Resources

BALI National Landscape Awards 2016

Read all about the winning projects in the awards, run in association with Horticulture Week.

Noel Farrer

Founding partner of Farrer Huxley Associates Noel Farrer on landscape and green space
 

Read Noel Farrer