The Grubby Gardeners are celebrating World Naked Gardening Day (3 May 2014) by posing naked at the Roof Gardens in Kensington and are asking people to post their own #gardeningselfie on Saturday along with a text donation (GRUB89 to 70070) to help horticulturists in need and raise money for Perennial.
Kensington Roof Gardens head gardener David Lewis said: "Perennial supports horticulturists, young and old, who need support, advice and assistance in times of crisis. The charity is 175 years old this year and yet not many people – even in the trade – have heard about it. The Grubby Gardeners are doing all we can to raise awareness and money for this brilliant cause."
Michael Perry, Grubby Gardeners founder, Thompson & Morgan gardening expert and presenter said: "The team has formed a real bond and we’re united in our aim to raise as much money as we can for Perennial this year. The shoot at The Roof Gardens was one of those ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunities and we had brilliant fun setting up the pictures. World Naked Gardening Day seemed a great opportunity to encourage donations and we’re looking forward to seeing the #gardeningselfie results."
Perennial is celebrating 175 years in 2014 by aiming to raise £175,000.
Volunteer support officer Laura Garnett said: "We are delighted with the Grubby Gardeners’ continued commitment to Perennial and their fundraising target. Many of our clients are vulnerable horticulturists who turn to us, often as a last resort, when facing hardship or trauma. The Grubby Gardeners have bared all to raise funds for us to help more people than ever this year – we hope the message is clear that Perennial is here to help anyone who works or has worked in horticulture."
To donate text GRUB89 to 70070 or visit www.perennial.org.uk to find out more.