James takes on Chelsea Show trek

The manager of Sidmouth Garden Centre met his “nemesis” on Four Elms Hill as he helped tow a planted wheelbarrow - made by Sidmouth College students - on an epic cycle ride from Devon to Chelsea Flower Show.

James Trevett joined Alan Murdoch, director of Fermoy’s Garden Centre in Newton Abbot - who enlisted the help of gardening enthusiasts across the country to peddle a specially-adapted tandem the 247 miles for charity.

James was almost defeated by the hilly leg from the Devon County Show to Sidmouth.

He said: “It hurt. I almost passed out at nine miles and I apologise for holding up the traffic.

“There was a lot of support keeping us going, and it was all for a good cause.”

Alan said James was a good cycling companion and “gave his all”.

“However he really met his nemesis on Four Elms Hill. We had to get the oxygen out for him,” he joked.

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The total journey, which culminated at Chelsea on Monday, raised more than �10,000 for charities that promote gardening as therapy, including Green Fingers and Gardening Leave.