Perrywood Garden Centre takes part in charity challenge

Five teams from Perrywood Garden Centre near Tiptree in Essex are taking part in the Birkett Long £50 challenge, which gives each team £50 and until the end of September to use it raise as much money as they can for St Helena Hospice in Colchester.

Hook-Child and Powell sketching some flowers
Hook-Child and Powell sketching some flowers

Lucy Hook-Child and Hannah Powell have taken on the challenge of organising an art auction and postcard sale with the aim of raising around £1,500. They are calling for artists and anyone creative to help them out.

Hannah Powell, Perrywood communications manager said: "Firstly, we are asking artists to donate pictures and works of art which can be sold in the auction. We already have pieces promised from children’s illustrator Claire Keay and artist/curator Hannah Stageman who has a studio at Cuckoo Farm.

"Secondly, absolutely anyone can contribute to the sale of original artwork postcards – we’re looking for drawings, paintings, collage, mixed media or textiles. There is a botanical theme so we’re looking for art and postcards inspired by plants, flowers, nature and the outdoors."

When Lucy Hook-Child is not working in the plant nursery at Perrywood she can often be found working in her art studio at Cuckoo Farm, and is one of the co-founders of the Made in Colchester Collective - a collective of artists, makers and designers who are based within the Colchester area.

Essex boys Lee and Dale Connelly, aka Skinny Jean Gardeners, have also promised to contribute. They have appeared on Blue Peter and Radio 1 to talk about their unique style of gardening.

The art auction and postcard sale will take place on the evening of Friday 11 September at Perrywood Garden Centre.

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