The annual Association of Professional Landscaper Awards 2016, held on Friday 4 March at The Brewery in London, celebrated the successes of landscapers from across the UK. Perennial was chosen to be one of the charity beneficiaries of the event, shared with the HTA Benevolent Fund. Many of the Award winners are existing supporters of Perennial, including Mark Gregory, MD of Landform Consultants, winner in the Project Value £35,000 – £60,000 category, Perennial Partner Ambassador and rider in this year’s epic Three Peakers Ride Again: Snowdon to Lands End challenge.
Laura Garnett and Kate O’Shea, Development Managers at Perennial, attended the Awards on behalf of the charity to meet supporters old and new and spread the word about how Perennial helps all horticulturists, including landscapers. Laura said:
“It was fantastic to see so many of our existing supporters on Friday and the number of people Kate and I knew at the event demonstrates how far we have come in recent years to expand our reach and increase awareness of the work of this great charity. We were thrilled to be chosen as a charity partner for the event and trialled text giving for the first time during the awards. We raised £190 via text and overall the event raised over £700 that we will share with the HTA Benevolent Fund.”
Kate O’Shea, who gave a heart-felt speech during the event to tell guests about the work of Perennial and how their donations help people who are struggling with one of life’s many challenges. The reaction was great, with many guests taking to Twitter to thank Kate and the Perennial team for helping care for vulnerable horticulturists in times of need.
In addition to the text and cash donations on the day, several companies also expressed interest in supporting Perennial on a more regular basis by becoming a Perennial Partner. Land Design Partnership signed up at the event with several others, including Martha Krempel, pledging to become Partners in the coming weeks.
You can find out the full list of APL Award winners on the website here.