Zoo gardener puts wheels in motion for fundraiser
Bristol Zoo's gardens manager is pushing a trolley full of plants on a six mile (10km) course to raise money to attend an international horticulture event.
Matthew Bufton will undertake the challenge on Monday June 4, pushing the 35kg (77lb) trolley and its contents from Bristol Zoo, across Durdham Downs, over the Clifton Suspension Bridge, joining the cycle path near the mounted police station at Bower Ashton and then on to Pill harbour.
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He hopes his sponsored 'trolley dash' will help raise much-needed money to help fund his trip to attend a conference run by the World Association of Zoological Horticulture.
Matt explains: "The event is a world-class gathering of zoo horticulture specialists and is a really great opportunity to share skills, knowledge and experience as well as hearing world-class speakers. I can then bring their knowledge back with me and apply it to the work we do here."
He added: "Bristol Zoo has beautiful botanic gardens that we are very proud of, and this event will help raise the Zoo gardens' profile on an international level."
Bristol Zoo has agreed to part-fund Matthew's trip for the event, which takes place in Florida this October, but Matthew needs to raise a further £400 to secure his place at the conference. If you can help, or would like to donate, please visit his donations page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MatthewBufton
For more information about Bristol Zoo Gardens, visit www.bristolzoo.org.uk.