Pedals to petals on gardens trip

Ian Savage at Hunmanby Grange.
Ian Savage at Hunmanby Grange.

A cyclist really went the distance on two wheels to raise awareness of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) and Parkinson’s UK.

Ian Savage, a corporate relationships manager for Parkinson’s UK from Foxwood in York, pedalled his way round 15 NGS gardens in North and East Yorkshire covering a total of 51 miles in just under eight hours during the annual NGS Festival Weekend.

This year, more than 400 gardens in England and Wales welcomed visitors to raise money for the NGS, a charity committed to supporting nursing and caring charities, and nine gardens opened to visitors in Yorkshire over the Festival Weekend at the beginning of June.

Ian began the ride in Hornsea, stopping off at gardens including Orchard House in Leven and Mansion Cottage in Bempton. He was joined in the afternoon by NGS garden owner Mike Swann, and his son, for a 20-mile circular route, finishing at Hunmanby Grange, Wold Newton, also home to Wold Top Brewery.

NGS assistant county organiser for North Yorkshire Gill Mellor, who lives at Hunmanby Grange, said Ian’s idea was a spectacular way to raise awareness of the two charities.

“We’re really pleased Ian stopped off at our garden.

“It was a great end to our festival weekend at Hunmanby Grange, and hopefully a memorable destination for him to finish his route – he certainly earned his pint of beer as his challenging ride finished with a mile-long drag up the drive to Hunmanby Grange.

“It’s tremendous to see people as dedicated as Ian challenging and pushing themselves for a great cause.”

Visitors to Hunmanby Grange raised £3,500 for NGS and £785 for Burton Fleming church over the Festival Weekend.

Ian said: “I hope the bike ride raises awareness of the NGS and the fantastic fundraising they do for so many wonderful good causes.”