About Us

Helping horticulturists in need for over 175 years

Perennial is the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping everyone who works in horticulture, and their families, when times get tough.

Perennial provides free and confidential advice, support and financial assistance to people of all ages working in, or retired from horticulture. This help extends to spouses, partners and children.

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Head Gardener Perennial’s York Gate Garden, a one-acre jewel in the arts and crafts style, preserved for public benefit and open to the […]

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175 years: Our History

The Gardeners’ Benevolent Institution (now Perennial) was founded on 17 January 1839 at an annual dinner for ‘nurserymen, florists and amateurs’, held […]

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How Perennial is organised

Perennial employs staff around the UK to help and support horticulturists and their families. A team of senior managers and support staff […]

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A day in the life: Sophie Martin, Perennial Debt Adviser

Debt can accumulate quickly and is often a symptom of a bigger problem, rather than a single cause of crisis. Illness, injury […]

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A day in the life: Chris Crooker, Events Manager at Perennial

Chris Crooker  joined Perennial as Events Manager just over two years ago. She had worked in event management for many years but hadn't […]

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A day in the life: Helen Waddington, Head of Casework at Perennial

Helen Waddington is Head of Casework at Perennial, the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping all horticulturists in times of crisis. She […]

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Supporting those in need

Perennial offers a range of free and confidential services to people who work in horticulture and their spouses, partners and dependent children. Find out about how we can help and contact us in confidence today.

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News & Views from around the charity

With two beautiful open access gardens, a team of volunteers, numerous individual and trade fundraising events and a busy team of caseworkers and debt advisors, there’s always something new happening at Perennial.

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