Anthony is one of hundreds of self-employed horticulturists Perennial helps each year. His journey, from chaos and uncertainty to sanctuary and safety with Perennial’s support, is the message behind the Perennial Sanctuary Garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.
When Anthony was made redundant his wife was expecting twins. He had no way of supporting the family and was desperate for help. Perennial was able to offer emergency grants and support him with benefits applications, ensuring the family stayed safe and warm over winter. With Perennial’s support Anthony has established his own business, now employing three young gardeners. He says:
“I feel proud that I’ve been able to give others the chance of employment. The business is doing well and I’m proud of myself for making it work. I know I wouldn’t be where I am now without Perennial’s help.”
Find out about Anthony’s business, Ash Tree Landscape Gardening, here.
Perennial is the only UK charity dedicated to helping all horticulturists. Perennial offers free, confidential advice and support to everyone working in or retired from horticulture and their families, including gardeners, landscapers, nursery and garden centre staff, parks and grounds care staff and tree surgeons, for as long as it is needed.
People turn to Perennial for financial and emotional help in times of need because of disability, sickness, poverty, financial hardship and old age – although increasingly younger people are seeking assistance. Many individuals describe the services Perennial offers simply as a ‘lifeline’. The work of Perennial depends entirely on voluntary donations from the horticulture industry and the garden-loving public.
Anthony’s story is the second in our new series of short films, made for Perennial by Dependable Productions, featuring Perennial clients talking about how the charity helped them and their family.