Stratford-upon-Avon firm Sims Garden Machinery has completed a 10-week lawn mowing challenge against global garden tools manufacturer, STIHL. The Minutes Mowed challenge is in aid of Greenfingers – a charity dedicated to supporting children who spend time in UK hospices by creating inspiring gardens for them and their families to relax and benefit from.
Both teams smashed their target to mow 1000 minutes in 10-weeks – clocking up this time in just five weeks. The STIHL team managed to accumulate the most amount of minutes finishing the challenge with 2,229, 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, two weekends rained torrentially from start to finish.
Ben Sims, Managing Director of Sims Garden Machinery says:
“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 10-week challenge was run in support of the tenth anniversary of Greenfingers’ Garden Re-Leaf Day – an annual nationwide event that raises funds and awareness for the work the charity does to support children who spend time in hospices around the UK. 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.
Supporters of this challenge and charity can still donate to help raise funds. Minutes Mowed are being encouraged to text ‘MOWFIVE’ to 70085 to donate £5 or ‘MOWTEN’ to donate £10.
To find out more about supporting the Minutes Mowed Challenge, visit https://simsgardenmachinery.co.uk/greenfingers-gardenreliefday-2021/.