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  • Perennial launches Go Green for HortAid and announces bumper fundraising year so far

    Perennial?s annual fundraising appeal, HortAid, has already raised over ?50,000 in 2015!

    This includes over ?13,500 from challenge events thanks to The Grubby Gardeners mud run and skydive and Nigel Bowcocks?s two marathons in two weeks event.

    As the summer season of flower shows and garden events really gets into full swing, Perennial is now calling on colleagues from across the industry to start planning for Go Green fortnight which runs from 1 ? 14 September.

    Anita Bates, director of marketing and development, said: ?Our Go Green theme really struck a cord last year and so we?re hoping people from across the industry will be inspired to fundraise for us this September.

    ?I think Tony Arnold really set the tone in 2014 with his green lipstick, stockings and nail polish and we can?t wait to hear about how horticulturists plan to top that this year!

    ?Perennial simply couldn?t provide the range of services we offer to those working in and retired from horticulture without the help of people across the industry.

    ?Our Go Green for HortAid campaign is a crucial part of our annual income and we?re calling on everyone to green up and dig deep this year. Let?s make it one to remember!?

    In addition to the usual running, walking, cycling, dressing up and getting muddy events, there are plans afoot for a Go Green Botanical Bake-off. Initiated by Rocky Coles, owner of Well Planted Gardens in Northamptonshire and former Young Horticulturist of the Year, the Botanical Bake-off will take place during Go Green for HortAid.

    Rocky is looking for a venue and participants to bake competition cakes packed with botanical ingredients. Contact rocky@wellplantedgardens.com.

    Anything goes in Go Green fortnight but if you would prefer to join an organized event rather than hold your own, Perennial has some cracking challenge events lined up with places still available.

    5 September: Summer Nuts Challenge

    Set at Swires Farm in Dorking, the legendary Nuts Challenge course has more than 100 obstacles over a 7km course.

    Registration Fee: ?44.99 | Pledge to raise ?100 in sponsorship

    6 September: London to Brighton cycle rideTackle one of the UK?s most famous cycle routes and raise money along the way! Starting on Clapham Common, riders take in Mitcham, Carshalton, Chipstead, Banstead, Haywards Heath and finally arrive in Brighton having completed 54 miles!

    Registration fee: ?40 | Minimum sponsorship: ?100

    Anytime: Skydiving

    Intrepid Perennial thrill-seekers leapt out of an aeroplane on 2 May 2015 to raise over ?4,200 for Perennial! Other dates re available ? just email the HortAid team or details.

    There are plenty of ways to get involved with HortAid 2015, whether you are an individual who loves gardens or a horticulture business keen to raise funds to help colleagues around the industry.

    Go Green for HortAid 2015 and help change the life of someone in crisis. Visit www.hortaid.org.uk, download a fundraising pack for ideas and information or call the team on 0800 093 8510.

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