John Was Driven to Succeed

John Foley was BBC Young Gardener of the Year 2012. He is happy to talk about how Perennial has helped.

“Perennial helped my family when my Dad became ill and all the family went through a difficult time. Dad not being able to work on the nursery was hard for him and caused financial problems for us all.

“They assisted in numerous ways, the caseworker visited regularly and helped us get through a challenging and lengthy period.

“But, for me personally they paid for school trips so I didn’t miss out but more importantly they paid for my driving lessons. Living in a very rural area Dad not driving was a problem, learning how to drive allowed me to not only have a life with my friends but more importantly I could drive the van so we could still do the flower shows and make some money.

“Perennial also helped me access funding so I could go to Askham Bryan horticultural college to study Landscape and Garden Management. Without their help it would have been very tough for me to go and complete my studies.

“Now I have a wonderful future – I have the nursery and have exciting plans to improve it further. I won the BBC Young Gardener of the Year in 2012 and we won a Gold Medal at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park in 2013. Life is good for me and my partner Kate and we are achieving our goals in life.

“Please contact Perennial if you need any help, you’ll be surprised what they can do.”

John Foley, with the BBC Young Gardener of the Year trophy
John Foley outside his nursery