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Rutland landscape gardener Jonny Baker from Whissendine drives 70 miles to the Sandringham Flower Show in Norfolk in aid of Headway Cambridgeshire




A landscape gardener from Rutland has driven 70 miles to Norfolk on a tractor.

Jonny Baker, 53 and from Whissendine, drove his New Holland tractor with a top speed of 14 miles per hour, complete with trailer, to the Sandringham Flower Show on Friday (July 19).

He was raising money for Headway Cambridgeshire, a charity that provides support to those who have suffered brain injuries.

Jonny on the tractor. Photo: Lucy Baker
Jonny on the tractor. Photo: Lucy Baker

The married father of two said: “It was all right. I got a bit damp a couple of times but it was all right.

“It took me six hours and 40 minutes to do it and I was expecting to do it in seven hours so I was quite chuffed with that time.

“The roads I drove on were more X and Z roads than B roads!

Jonny on the tractor. Photo: Lucy Baker
Jonny on the tractor. Photo: Lucy Baker

“The only time I drove on the main roads was when I was three or four miles outside of King’s Lynn and then from there to Sandringham.

“There were no hold ups or breakdowns and I pulled over a few times to let the traffic past but it all went very smoothly.”

Jonny left Whissendine at 6am in the morning and arrived at 1.20pm having only stopped once to fill up with diesel.

He added: “I suffered a brain injury in 1992 and a couple of years ago, I was asked if I could give Headway some advice on landscaping.

“I just think they are a really worthy cause but they haven’t got a permanent home at the moment.

“The NHS doesn’t give them any money so I said I would try for them.”

Attached to the tractor was a trailer full of equipment and materials for Jonny to build a show garden at the Sandringham Flower Show, which takes place tomorrow (Wednesday, July 24).

The garden, called ‘From Darkness into Light', will raise awareness of Headway.

To sponsor Jonny, visit www.justgiving.com and search for ‘Jonny Baker'.

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