8 April 2013
“Pimp Your Gnome” in aid of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice
After 100 years of banishment, the cheeky garden gnome is to appear at the RHS Chelsea Show for the first time ever in gnome history and to celebrate the return of gnomes into gardening fashion, Robin Hill, in association with Rapanui, the Family Directory and Wightlink, is running a
“Pimp my Gnome” competition at the Isle of Wight Garden Show this year to raise funds for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.
To take part, all you have to do is collect a blank gnome & entry card from either Robin Hill front entrance, any Hospice shop or the Rapanui shop, High Street Sandown, between now and 21
st April, (while stocks last) take him or her home and give them some bling! Then bring your “pimped up” gnome along to the IW Spring Garden Show on Saturday 27th April at Robin Hill for inspection by our special guest judges in the Gnome Garden.
There are 2 categories; ‘the most amazing children’s gnome’ for children aged 0-15 and ‘the most amazing adult gnome’ for anyone over the age of 16. Prizes include a coveted Family Directory Golden Gnome trophy, a slap up lunch for two at Rapanui’s cafe in Sandown and some very cool eco friendly clothing. There is also a pair of season tickets to Robin Hill & Blackgang Chine for the winner of each category and a Wightlink return ticket for a car plus 4. There will even be a special prize for the best gnome celebrity lookalike!
Darren J Cool, Park & Events Manager at Robin Hill Adventure Park & Gardens, said ”
If they’re good enough for Chelsea … then they’re good enough for the Isle of Wight too! We see this as a great opportunity to add some extra fun to the Isle of Wight Garden Show this year and raise funds for the Hospice at the same time.”
Darren continued, “We are looking for people to decorate a gnome in the most imaginative way possible, the more whacky and wild the better. These little people have been crying out for a fashion make over since the dawn of gnome time, so we’re looking for some great creativity using paints, fancy dress and fashion accessories, whatever you think will stand them out from the crowd.”
“Pimp my Gnome” is all about raising money for the
Earl Mountbatten Hospice and the official blank gnomes, which come boxed with paints, will cost £5.00 at the point of collection, with all proceeds going to the Hospice. Everyone that enters an official gnome gets £5.00 off the entry price to the Isle of Wight Garden Show. Tickets can be used on both days of the weekend and includes all of Robin Hill’s facilities too, making for a fabulous weekend out.
To raise even more money, the gnomes can be donated after judging to the Hospice to sell in one of their shops or even at the show over the weekend.
The Isle of Wight Garden Show takes place at Robin Hill Adventure Park & Gardens on Saturday 27 th and Sunday 28th April. Early bird discounted tickets are available up to 17th April from the show’s website: gardenshow.robin-hill.com saving up to 20% on standard entry tickets on the gate.
For more information, visit www.gardenshow.robin-hill.com. Good luck!
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For further information, please contact Darren J. Cool at Robin Hill Country Park on 01983 556052 or Michelle Russell on 07929 847665