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By Mollie Mansfield

Dreading cutting the grass AGAIN this weekend? This gardening fanatic currently has OVER 400 lawnmowers in his collection.

Green-fingered retired greenkeeper, Stan Hardwick, has been collecting lawnmowers for more than 40 years – and has so many he even has to store then in his living room – to the despair of wife Margaret.

But even through Stan has mowers worth tens of thousands of pounds in his home – he will only use a pusher mower worth £20 to cut his own 6 x 4 metre lawn at home in Finley, North Yorks.

Stan, 77, said: “My wife, Margaret, doesn’t like the mowers, but she’s just got used to them, she has to put up with them now.

“I cut the grass in our garden twice a week, I like to keep it looking nice. But I wouldn’t use my most expensive mowers.

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“I used to collect them by myself, but I’m not the spring chicken I used to be.

“So I enlisted the help of my son, Jonathon, and he thinks they’re really cool and we share the collection now.

“He’s a lot stronger than I am, and with over 400 lawnmowers, I need as much help as I can get!”

Aside from collecting the mowers, the ‘Lawn Ranger’ also restores broken ones to make his collection fully-functioning.

He added: “I like the technical part, so if there’s anything that needs fixing that’s the part that I do.

“Whereas my son, he likes the nice part – we strip the mowers down most weekends and give them a touch-up.

“And on weekend’s we’re not working on them, we take them to fairs to show them off – and if we’re not at fairs, I’m on the hunt to buy more.

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“I would never sell them, unless I needed the money – but as long as I don’t then they’re staying right here.

“I think now I’ve spent somewhere between £20-30,000 on them.

“But, to the right buyer, the collection would be worth around £200,000.”

Stan said: “I still collect them because it’s something I’ve always done.

“You can’t just leave it for someone else to get.

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“I’ve got to keep collecting them, it’s got a hold of me.

“I recently spent £2500 on a lawnmower, it was a stationary engine on a frame work and that’s definitely one of my favourites.

“I look all over the place, I get quite a lot on eBay and sometimes you get them when someone dies – to carry on their collection.

“I prefer the older ones, but they’re harder to get hold of.

“The oldest one I’ve got is a donkey mower from 1863.

“I’ve got my eye on a few new ones – we go to a fair in Whitby in about a month’s time so hopefully I’ll find some good ones down there!”