It's getting hot out here! Gardeners strip off for Surrey-based charity's 2015 calendar
PUBLISHED: 17:44 24 November 2014 | UPDATED: 18:03 24 November 2014
A team of horticulturalists has dared to bare all to raise money for the Leatherhead-based charity, Perennial.
The hardy group was photographed at The Roof Gardens, Kensington, in a variety of seasonal poses. For some of them, it wasn’t the first time this year that they have gone naked to raise awareness and money for the charity.
Several shot to fame with a naked photoshoot to celebrate World Naked Gardening Day in May, which resulted in a TV appearance on Loose Women.
The group, dubbed the Grubby Gardeners, originally came together through Twitter to form a fundraising team that raised over £6,000 for Perennial by taking part in the Dirty Dozen mud-run in April.
“I’m sure you remember the Calendar Girls,” says Grubby Gardeners founder and presenter, Michael Perry. “Then we saw firemen, marines, even rowers, but somehow gardeners had never de-clothed for charity. So I’d been hatching a plan for a few years, looking for a range of horticulturalists who might be up for it.
“On the back of all this cheekiness, Perennial and their charity work is going from strength to strength and beginning to reach a wider audience.”
The calendar was shot by professional photography Debbie Monique Jolliff, the granddaughter of the acclaimed bulb company founder Jacques Armand.
The calendar costs £9.99 with all proceeds going towards helping those working horticulture and their families during times of crisis.
• Get your copy @ www.perennial.org.uk/calendar