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Dig this! Cheeky gardeners strip for charity
Naked Gardeners Calendar
Everything in the garden's cheeky in the Cotswold gardeners' charity calendar
Last updated: 18 November 2003 1127 GMT
lineYou'd never get the Naked Chef stripping off in the kitchen - but the earthy lads known as Gloucestershire's Naked Gardeners aren't so shy!

Stuart Gibbs (Mr December) talks to Trish Campbell on BBC Radio Gloucestershire


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+ Cotswold Care is Gloucestershire's only independent hospice

+ It opened in December 1990 and all services are provided free of charge.

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These cheeky Calendar Guys performed the ultimate pruning job when they bared all to raise funds for a county charity.

The laddish landscape gardeners, aged between 20 and 64, decided to showcase their muscled bodies as well as their spadework.

But their naked ambition wasn't simply a case of showing off. The home-grown humour was all in a good cause - to raise funds for the Cotswold Care Hospice.

Click on the link below to see photos from the naked gardeners calendar

So the fellas with green fingers stripped off and posed in gardens they have designed - and the resulting pictures feature in a naked calendar that's been snapped up so fast it sold out its first print run in less than a week!

The bunch of hunks, who all work for Bisley-based Graduate Gardeners, decided to down trowels and trousers after a former colleague's wife died.

Nice boots - and not a bad body either!

Stuart Gibbs - the calendar organiser and Mr December - said: "He has to look after his young family after the loss of his wife to cervical cancer shortly after the birth of their third child.

"Before she died, they used the services of Cotswold Care Hospice - so we felt that they were an ideal recipient of any money raised.

"We started planning it last December not knowing that the film Calendar Girls was going to come out.

"We had 16 volunteers but unfortunately there are only 12 months so the calendar features photo montages which include those guys who didn't manage to make a month.

"Some guys were happy to sign up straight away and were content to drop their gear but others needed a bit more coaxing.

"We shed a few pounds and sharpened up a few muscles to do it.

"We had 1000 printed and we sold them all within a week. We've now had another 3000 printed - but I don't think we'll be made into a film because the WI ladies beat us to it!"

Hospice spokesman Rik Kumar said: "Demand for the calendars has surpassed all expectations.

"Cotswold Care is so pleased that the team from Graduate Gardeners have chosen such a novel, fun and up-front way to help us.

"For every 1000 calendars sold, over £5000 will directly benefit our local hospice."

The Cotswold Gardeners Calendar 2004 can be ordered online from the for £7.50 (£9 including p&p).

The charity calendar is also available at Ottakars book stores in Cirencester, Cheltenham and Gloucester.

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