Nigel Bowcock completes HortAid marathon challenge

Nigel Bowcock, owner of Acre Landscapes Ltd and BALI board member, has complete two marathons in two weeks to raise money for Perennial. Nigel set himself the challenge of raising £5k by running the Brighton Marathon on Sunday 12 April and the Virgin London Marathon two weeks later on Sunday 26 April. Nigel says,

“I’ve done it! Every part of me aches today, but the support I have received from friends, family, colleagues and Perennial over the past few months, and the knowledge that I am raising money to help fellow horticulturists, has made it all worthwhile. I would urge anyone who is up for a challenge to consider getting involved in HortAid – you won’t regret it!”

Anita Bates, Director of Marketing and Development at Perennial, says,

“Perennial simply couldn’t offer the range and breadth of services we have available to horticulturists without the support of amazing fundraisers like Nigel. He’s been an absolute star – training hard, completing the challenge and raising nearly £3,000 so far for HortAid. We have plently more fundraisers lined up this year and lots of events to get involved in. Early indications suggest this will be a bumper year for HortAid so let us know if you fancy joining in!”

Acre Landscapes will match all donations £1 for £1 up to the value of £2,500. You can still donate to Nigel via his JustGiving page here:


And if you’re up for a challenge on top of the day-job, why not get involved with one of the following:

The British 10K London (12 July 2015)

Perennial has 12 runner places to join 25,000 who take part in the British 10K in July. Taking in some of London’s iconic landmarks, the course is a popular one with plenty of support on race day. Registration for the event is £25 and each of Perennial’s runners will pledge to raise at least £175 for the charity, with an overall target of £5,000 for the team. To get involved email:

Nuts Challenge (5 September 2015)

Perennial is entering a team into The Nuts Challenge Mud Run in Surrey, one of the most challenging military style assault courses out there and needs runners to take part. Designed to push individuals to their limits, the event will be muddy, tough and exhilarating. Registration is £44.99 and each team member is asked to raise at least £100 for Perennial. To get involved contact:

London to Brighton Cycle Ride (6 September 2015)

Starting in London and finishing on the Brighton seafront, thousands of cyclists will take part in the 54-mile London to Brighton Cycle Ride. Perennial is putting together a team and looking for riders to

participate. The event is not just for the would-be Bradley Wiggins – no previous experience is required, though some training would be beneficial. Registration is £40 and each team member will pledge to raise at least £100 for Perennial. To find out more contact:

You can donate to HortAid 2015 via individual fundraising pages, or online here:

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