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Helping people in horticulture for over 180 years

Perennial is the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping everyone who works in horticulture, and their families, when times get tough. Find out more about us and our history

Perennial provides free and confidential advice, information and support to people working in, or retired from horticulture and their families.

current job vacancies

Current job vacancies

Find out about the current opportunities available to be able to start working with us. On this page are all our current […]

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how perennial is organised

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

About Perennial The Gardeners’ Benevolent Institution (now Perennial) was founded on 17 January 1839 at an annual dinner for ‘nurserymen, florists and amateurs’, […]

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Annie Dellbridge

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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Jack Head Gardener York Gate

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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Sir Roy Strong

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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Ben Preston Head Gardener

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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Sophie Martin

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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Chris Crooker Events Manager

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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Helen Waddington

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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