Perennial calls for gardeners to "get muddy" for HortAid

UK horticulture trade charity Perennial is calling on horticulturists to get even muddier than usual to raise funds for the charity this September.

Image: Perennial
Image: Perennial

The Go Nuts for HortAid Challenge takes place on 18 September in Dorking, Surrey. The 5km muddy obstacle course is one of the most popular challenge events in the UK. Perennial is hoping to attract teams of 5-10 people from across the industry to take part.

Chris Crooker, events manager at Perennial, said: "We have a team of Grubby Gardeners and a team of Dirty Designers already signed and Janine Pattison Studios is also entering a team. But we're looking for many more to pledge to raise £200 and get muddy for HortAid this year.

"The event is supported by BBC Surrey who will broadcast live as they watch teams conquer 5km, 60 obstacles and lashings of mud all along the way. It's fantastic fun and can be tackled by all ages and abilities – military training is certainly not required."

Perennial is dedicated to helping all those who work in horticulture, from arborists to garden designers, when times get tough. A UK-wide network of professionally trained Caseworkers provide one-to-one help, advice and financial assistance.

Janine Pattison, a Dorset-based garden designer, has signed up as part of the Muddy Buddies team from Janine Pattison Studios. She said: "JPS is a creative and unique landscape design practice based in Poole, Dorset. Over a vast range of both private and commercial projects, we regularly tackle complex challenges including poor drainage, protected trees, steeply sloping sites and harsh coastal conditions.

"However, on 18 September 2016 five members of the JPS team (The Muddy Buddies) will be running, jumping, slipping and sliding across a 5K assault course - head to toe in Surrey mud. Perhaps this will be our biggest challenge yet, but it will be worth it if we raise £1,000 for our industry charity." The Muddy Buddies fundraising page is here.

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