Mark Gregory (pictured, centre) and his team from Landform Consultants have entered their final week of build-up for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Mark, dubbed the ‘unsung hero of the Chelsea Flower Show’ has built the most show gardens ever, and the most show gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The Hartley Botanic Garden, one of four gardens Landform Consultants is building this year, is designed by Landform’s own garden designer Catherine MacDonald (pictured, left) and will be Mark’s 150th show garden and his 94th at Chelsea.
The Surrey-based landscape design and build company is a long-standing supporter of Perennial and Mark is using his build-up time on the show ground this year to help raise awareness of the charity and encourage donations for the fundraising challenges he is taking part in in 2016.
He will join Ann-Marie Powell (pictured, right) as part of a Perennial team on 11 June for the Guinness World Record attempt for most tandem skydives in one day and in September Mark joins a team of 20 landscapers, designers, plants people and suppliers for the Three Peakers Ride Again challenge – a Snowdon to Lands End cycle aiming to raise £50,000 for Perennial. In addition, Mark is the Perennial Partner Scheme Ambassador, encouraging other UK horticulture companies to make a regular donation to Perennial.
Speaking about his commitment to the charity, Mark says:
“Since completing the Three Peaks Extreme Challenge in 2013 for Perennial I have learned more and more about this incredible charity and the work it does across the UK horticulture industry. I invited Perennial to come in and address one of my big static maintenance sites a couple of years ago. One of the guys in that group had a life-changing moment and called on the charity, unbeknownst to me. The help they gave was very moving and practical and if I hadn’t introduced them, he wouldn’t have received that support. I do believe charity begins at home and for all of us working in this industry, Perennial is invaluable and deserves our full support.”
Mark is joined by five other Three Peakers Ride Again team members on site for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show build-up, all building or supplying show gardens: John Wyer and Dan Riddleston of Bowles & Wyer (constructing The Brewin Dolphin Garden), Dan Flynn of Gardenlink (constructing The Winton Beauty of Mathematics Garden), Richard Curle of Landscape Associates (building the Royal Bank of Canada Garden) and Steven Walley of London Stone (supplying numerous gardens at the show including Ann-Marie Powell’s Health, Happiness and Horticulture RHS exhibit).
You can support the Three Peakers Ride Again team here https://www.justgiving.com/teams/three-peakers-ride-again
Learn more about the Perennial Partner Scheme here. There is a level of support for all sized businesses and in return for your support we will promote your business on our website and social media platforms throughout the year.
Notes for Editors
Mark Gregory is Chair of the Association of Professional Landscapers, a member of the Horticultural Trades Association and a former board member of British Association of Landscape Industries. Mark is also an RHS Judge and Assessor and co-director of the London College of Garden Design.
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