Mr World contestants breathe new life into Southport’s Kings Gardens

Yesterday afternoon the contestants took on the 10 Tonne Challenge; an hour long event which required strength, stamina and above all, team work. The setting was the Kings Gardens –  a popular 17 acre plot along Southport’s promenade, one of the focal points of the town. The task; to carry out the annual replenishment of the garden’s flowerbeds.

DSC05665_resize700x466Every summer, a team of gardeners are drafted in to refill the flower beds dotted around the park. This task usually takes the team a whole week to carry out. Today it would be done in one hour! Split into their 4 teams, the Mr World contestants were each given an assortment of garden tools and a 10 tonne pile of mulch. Each wheelbarrow full of mulch was counted by an adjudicator, and a team of experts assessed the delivery and spreading of the mulch into the flowerbeds.

DSC05654_resize700x466DSC05686_resize700x448DSC05768_resize700x450DSC05763_resize700x466 IMG_7029_resize700x525After the hour was up the adjudicators counted up the wheelbarrows. It was very close with Yellow and Blue tying with Green not far behind, but after factoring in the skills in laying out the mulch, it was Green who shot right up and came joint first with Blue team, with Yellow third and Red fourth.

Senior Parks Officer for the area Martin Sarbutts was there to speak to the guys, and was very impressed with the speed and level of team work he saw on display, and announced to the guys that the hours which would have been spent by his gardeners in spreading the mulch would now be spent volunteering for the local elderly who need their gardens tidied up! Everyone wins!

The results of the challenge will go towards the overall team scores in Mr World 2016.


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