About Us

Helping horticulturists in need for 180 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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Direct Marketing Officer needed! About Perennial Perennial has a rich heritage of improving people’s lives. We help anyone who makes or looks after gardens, […]

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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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180 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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A day in the life: Annie Dellbridge, Head Gardener, Fullers Mill Garden

Annie Dellbridge joined Fullers Mill Garden in Suffolk as Head Gardener just over seven years ago.   Here she chats about her role, and […]

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A day in the life: Meet our new Senior Gardener York Gate - Jack Ogg

How did you get into Horticulture? One of my earliest gardening experiences is convincing my dad to build me a pond in […]

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A day in the life: Sir Roy Strong CH, The Laskett Gardens

Sir Roy Strong CH describes opening The Laskett Gardens as part of the National Garden Scheme Sunday July 21st was D-Day: the biennial […]

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A day in the life: Meet our new Head Gardener at York Gate - Ben Preston

How did you get into horticulture? Well…..My Gran’s love of wildlife and mother’s love of food are probably to blame. I felt a […]

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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 in 2015. She had worked in event management for many years but hadn't heard of Perennial […]

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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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