Autumn trade shows provide warm welcome for Perennial

The Perennial development team has been out and about over the past few weeks speaking to friends and supporters old and new. The autumn tranche of trade shows, networking events and awards provide a wonderful opportunity for Perennial to promote its services directly to those it helps, and to talk to colleagues old and new about the charity’s need for support. Over the past six weeks the small team has attended nine events and spoken to thousands of people about the work of the charity and the opportunities available for people to support it.

From the Arb Association Amenity Conference in September to the Service Dealer Awards, taking place this evening (17th November), the team has strived to ensure they are represented across the full range of horticulture industry professions this autumn. Development Manager Laura Garnett says:

“It’s so important for us to represent Perennial at as many events as we can manage as a team. There’s nothing quite like talking to people face to face and it’s only when we get the opportunity to really explain what Perennial does and the difference it makes to people’s lives that we begin to build lasting relationships that turn into life-changing support and fundraising. We also know that our presence at trade events results in an increase in calls to our services team so we know they help us to raise awareness on every level.”

Following the AA Amenity Conference in September, Perennial has attended The Landscape Show, including hosting the New Starter’s Conference, the South West Growers Show, the BALI Yorkshire and North East networking dinner (at which over £400 was raised for the Broomfield Landscaper Challenge team), IOG SALTEX and the IOG Awards dinner, Gro South exhibition and HTA dinner, The Gardeners’ Guild networking lunch (at which a cheque for £1,000 was presented to Perennial following its Charity of the Year fundraising activities) and Futurescape (at which a further £1,000 was raised for the Snowdon to Land’s End fundraising challenge team). A further collection will be made at the Service Dealer Awards this evening, Perennial is a charity partner for the Garden Media Guild Awards on 24 November and a collection will be made for the Snowdon to Land’s End challenge team at the Society of Garden Designers conference on 26 November.

Kate O’Shea, Development Manager at Perennial, says:

“We really can’t thank everyone who supports us enough and we hope that by attending the trade events we can encourage a few more people to get involved. It’s such a privilege to meet people from across this fabulous industry and we’re all looking forward to building new relationships and continuing to help existing supporters do their bit for Perennial in 2017.”

If you would like to find out more about how your company can get involved and support Perennial, visit our How You Can Help pages here. If you, or someone you know, works in horticulture and needs help, please get in touch today.