Newnham gardener dons drag for charity

Ciara Berry 9 September 2014

Tony Arnold, the head gardener at Newnham College, wore drag costume to work earning £1,500 in sponsorship money for the charity Perennial.

Arnold wore a green wig, nail polish, tights and lipstick. Of the experience he said, “I was a bit nervous to start with, not knowing what to expect and what reaction I’d get. I had the tights on for the drive and I was really worried I’d break down at the lights.”

Perennial is the UK’s only charity that helps out those who work in horticulture. They provide advice, support and financial assistance to those working in the sector, as well as to retirees and their families.

The organisation was founded in 1839 as the The Gardeners’ Benevolent Institution.

Arnold said that the support he had received fundraising was “wonderful to see” and praised gardeners as “unsung heroes of the environment”.

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