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Grubby gardeners team up to tackle the dirty dozen

PUBLISHED: 22:09 24 March 2014 | UPDATED: 22:09 24 March 2014

Michael Perry, team leader, demonstrates the 'plank' alongside the long pond at RHS Garden Wisley

Michael Perry, team leader, demonstrates the 'plank' alongside the long pond at RHS Garden Wisley


A team of over 20 gardeners, landscapers, designers and TV presenters has formed via the power of social media to raise money for Leatherhead-based horticulture charity Perennial as part of its 175th anniversary appeal.

The Surrey based Grubby GardenersThe Surrey based Grubby Gardeners

Including six Surrey members, the Grubby Gardeners will be running The Dirty Dozen, a 12km course designed by ex-British Special Forces and featuring 12 military-style obstacles and lots of mud at Hopwood Farm in Kent, on Saturday April 5.

Galvanised into action by Thompson & Morgan’s planthunter and Ideal World TV presenter Michael Perry (aka @gardening_greek), names including David Lewis, head gardener of the Virgin owned The Roof Gardens, ITV This Morning’s cheeky gardening duo The Benton Brothers, Adam and Dale Connolly aka The Skinny Jean Gardeners from Jimmy’s Farm and Perennial’s own Jamie Hill have all committed to helping to raise over £20,000 for the UK’s only charity dedicated to supporting horticulturists in need.

Among the Surrey contingent are Darran Jaques from Urban Creations; Jamie, Tom and Ben, student horticulturists at RHS Garden Wisley; Gerald Abrahams of GA Landscapes, who caused a Twitter storm last year as the @WaterlooRomeo; and Jamie Hill, marketing manager at Perennial and commentator on BBC London Sport.

Pictured here are the Surrey members, who recently met up at RHS Garden Wisley, near Woking, to swap training tips.

• To donate to the Grubby Gardeners cause, visit www.justgiving.com/teams/grubby-gardeners

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