MASTER mowers from Warwickshire have completed a lawn-cutting challenge to help children in hospices enjoy the outdoors.
Stratford-based firm Sims Garden Machinery has completed a ten-week lawn mowing challenge against global garden tools manufacturer, STIHL. The Minutes Mowed challenge was in aid of Greenfingers – a charity dedicated to supporting children who spend time in hospices by creating gardens for them and their families to enjoy.
Both teams smashed their target to mow 1,000 minutes in ten-weeks – hitting their goal in just five. The STIHL team accumulated 2,229 minutes worth of mowing, closely followed by Sims Garden Machinery at 1,992.
Ben Sims led a team of Sims staff and customers across Warwickshire as they trimmed up to 40 lawns of all shapes and sizes.
The British weather was not so supportive of the mowers, with April and May being particularly cold months, experiencing two weekends of torrential rain from start to finish.
Ben said: “This was our first year of getting involved in Greenfingers’ Garden Re-Leaf Day and the whole team has thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We battled the elements and overcame a few mechanical breakdowns, but it was a fun way to raise some much needed cash for a charity that helps provide beautiful outside spaces for children who visit hospices to enjoy with their families. Unfortunately we were pipped to the post by the STIHL team but we’ll be looking to out-mow them if there’s a next time!”
The challenge was run in support of the tenth anniversary of Greenfingers’ Garden Re-Leaf Day – an annual nationwide event that raises funds and awareness of the charity’s work. Garden Re-Leaf Day is supported by gardening clubs and societies across the country, as well as by garden centres, growers, suppliers, manufacturers and trade associations.
The teams are still taking donations for their cause. Supporters can text ‘MOWFIVE’ to 70085 to donate £5 or ‘MOWTEN’ to donate £10.