The people we help describe Perennial as a ‘lifeline’, often turning to us at crisis point. Our team of professional, highly trained caseworkers and debt advisers work tirelessly to ensure no one is left feeling alone and unsupported.

“As a keen amateur plantsman and collector I appreciate the skill and dedication that all those who work in horticulture must demonstrate to hone their craft.

But working in this industry can be tough and it doesn’t take much of a change in someone’s nancial, family or personal situation to turn success into crisis. Perennial helps people and their families who, at best, face daily choices between heating and food, and at worst have been driven to take their own life to escape their situation.

I have joined the Perennial Fellowship as a founding member because I want to make a commitment to the work of the only charity dedicated to supporting all horticulturists in times of need and to help safeguard its future.

Join me as a Perennial Fellow, and help change lives for the better, forever.”

Stuart Donachie, Perennial Fellow


From gardeners, landscapers and designers, to nursery workers, arborists and grounds staff, Perennial’s services are tailored to a person’s specific needs and situation. The charity was established in the Victorian era as a pension fund for head gardeners, who often lost their tied accommodation and income on retirement. Today Perennial’s support and advice extends to all those working in the horticulture industry and over 70% of the people we help are of working age. As awareness of the charity’s services continues to grow, this percentage is likely to rise even further.

We are planning for a future in which every one of the estimated 500,000 people who work in horticulture knows about Perennial and how to access our services. To ensure we can respond quickly to every new request for help we need to have resources ready and available. The Perennial Fellowship will help us to do this, giving us the flexibility to reach many more horticulturists, including those in the remotest parts of the UK.

Contact Us

To join the Fellowship, please contact us today

Telephone | 01372 373962

Email | fellowship@perennial.org.uk


“Our world depends on the generosity of others. We see the results of this kindness every day in our work with clients. Quite simply we are a lifeline, a friend to turn to when there is no one else.
Our professional, highly trained team is ready to respond to all requests for assistance and our promise to you is that your support through the Perennial Fellowship will always be invested in the people who need our help.”

Sheila Thomson, Director of Services at Perennial


“Six months ago, Perennial gave me support and quick, practical financial help at a difficult time in my life.
Thanks to Perennial’s help at that critical time, I now see a way forward and am re-launching my gardening business, confident about my future.”
Jenny, Gardener

Simon was a landscape gardener but due to ongoing debilitating mental health issues has been unable to work for many years. Last year Employment Support Allowance (ESA) assessors found him fit for work, which not only reduced his income but also required him to actively seek work. His mental health condition prevented him from attending the Jobcentre and as a result his benefits were stopped leaving him with no income.

Simon’s gas and electricity supply relies on prepaid fuel cards, and following his benefit cuts he was living without heating, lights or hot water. Due to his situation, Simon’s mental health had worsened and by the time a Perennial caseworker visited him, he was unable to leave his home.

We immediately helped by awarding a crisis grant to credit Simon’s fuel cards so he could put the heating on and have a hot meal. After assessing the full situation, Perennial took the ESA to tribunal and won. As a result Simon’s ESA has been reinstated. We will continue to help him access mental healthcare and to assist him financially for as long as he needs us.


Marek & Ann Marie’s story

Marek worked as a tree surgeon and conservation manager at a golf course before his accident. He had a young family, with a baby on the way, when he fell from a tree while helping a friend at the weekend. His fall resulted in severe brain injury and a medically induced coma.

A dangerous build-up of pressure in his head forced doctors to remove part of Marek’s skull. The surgery saved his life, but left him with lifelong brain damage, regular seizures and the inability to work again.

Marek’s partner Ann Marie was left to look after their young family alone. She had never heard of Perennial, but luckily a friend referred their case to the charity and a caseworker visited her at home within a week of the accident. Perennial helped with financial arrangements, including assisting Ann Marie in accessing Marek’s bank account, as well as being there as emotional support.

Marek still suffers regular seizures and requires frequent visits to hospital. With Perennial’s help Ann Marie cares for Marek at home and ensures their young family is safe and provided for.

Contact Us

To join the Fellowship, please contact us today

Telephone | 01372 373962

Email | fellowship@perennial.org.uk


“Our world depends on the generosity of others. We see the results of this kindness every day in our work with clients. Quite simply we are a lifeline, a friend to turn to when there is no one else.
Our professional, highly trained team is ready to respond to all requests for assistance and our promise to you is that your support through the Perennial Fellowship will always be invested in the people who need our help.”

Sheila Thomson, Director of Services at Perennial

The Perennial Fellowship takes its inspiration from the pioneering group of socially responsible landowners and leading social influencers who, in 1839, founded a charity to provide welfare support to horticulturists long before state-funded provision.

It takes courage, compassion and commitment to blaze a trail. We have established the Perennial Fellowship as a union of like-minded individuals committed to making an impact on the future of horticulturists in need of Perennial’s modern and responsive welfare services.

Our Fellowship members can be confident that their annual donation will make a significant impact on the lives of people who need it most.


Your gift could change lives for the better, forever

A suggested annual contribution of £2,500 or more will help to make a real difference to horticulturists in desperate need. The contribution also includes the opportunity to access benefits for twelve months following receipt of your donation.

Your gift can be paid as a one-off donation, by regular Direct Debit or Standing Order. We will honour this support by providing a unique range of benefits. These include:

  • Invitations to exclusive Fellowship events
  • Complimentary access to our York Gate and Fullers Mill gardens for two people (April to September)
  • Priority booking for our annual programme of special garden tours and events (For up to four people per event)
  • Our bi-annual Perennial Fellowship newsletter and additional regular tailored communications about how your gift is changing lives
  • Acknowledgement in our Annual Report (if desired)

Our work is ongoing and continuing support is crucial. We hope you will renew your membership each year to continue to enjoy the benefits of the Perennial Fellowship and making a difference to thousands of people’s lives across the UK.

Contact Us

To join the Fellowship, please contact us today

Telephone | 01372 373962

Email | fellowship@perennial.org.uk


“Our world depends on the generosity of others. We see the results of this kindness every day in our work with clients. Quite simply we are a lifeline, a friend to turn to when there is no one else.
Our professional, highly trained team is ready to respond to all requests for assistance and our promise to you is that your support through the Perennial Fellowship will always be invested in the people who need our help.”

Sheila Thomson, Director of Services at Perennial

We are delighted to offer Perennial Fellows a range of Fellowship Events to attend in 2018.

13 April 2018 – VIP experience at first ever Ascot Garden Show, Berkshire

Enjoy a VIP day out at the inaugural Spring Garden Show at the Royal Ascot racecourse, including lunch in Perennial’s private box followed by an exclusive tour of the show by leading garden designer, long-standing Perennial supporter and RHS judge Andrew Fisher  Tomlin.


1 June 2018 – Concert and drinks reception, Fitzrovia Chapel, London

Join us for a magical evening of ‘Pure Bliss’, celebrating the diversity and heritage of the music, musicians and local community of Fitzrovia. The programme includes works by Fitzrovian composers performed by world-class oboist Daniel Bates accompanied by principal musicians Katherine Spencer, clarinet, Beatrice Phillips, violin, Laura Lutzke, violin, Adam Newman, viola and Hannah Sloane, cello. Guests will meet the musicians before the concert for an informal drinks reception along with a custodian of the chapel who will give a tour of this unique hidden gem.


20 June 2018 – Garden tour and drinks reception, Sandhill Farm, Hampshire


Celebrated garden designer and multi-RHS medal winner Andy McIndoe will host a private tour of his 2 acre garden followed by an informal drinks reception. Featuring naturalistic planting with a large meadow and an extensive collection of trees, shrubs and perennials, the garden is at its peak in June.


5 July 2018 – Garden tour and lunch, Hever Castle, Kent

Enjoy an exclusive tour of the public and private  gardens of Hever Castle with Head Gardener Neil Miller. Learn a little about the history of the gardens, taking in the wonderful vistas, and enjoy a stroll through the historic rose gardens before a private lunch.


6 September 2018 – Garden tour and afternoon tea, Folly Farm, Berkshire

Folly Farm, originally laid out by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll in 1912, is considered to be one of England’s ‘most amazing gardens’ (Architectural Digest, March 2017). The gardens have been recently restored and sensitively updated by current owners with the help of multi award-winning garden designer Dan Pearson. Join us for a guided garden tour followed by afternoon tea.

The Folly Farm estate has evolved from a 17th century cottage, to an 18th century farmhouse into a 20th century country house and now a 21st century estate.  It was home to the horticulturist, Robert Fenn, for nearly 30 years and was then sold to H H Cochrane in the early 20th century.  It was Cochrane who commissioned Edwin Lutyens to extend the building into a small country house.  Lutyens returned in 1912 to extend the house further and during these two periods he worked with Gertrude Jekyll to produce one of their most important collaborations.  In 1916 Lutyens and his family, at the invitation of owner, Antonie Merton, spent the summer at Folly Farm and it was during this period that Gertrude Jekyll also visited.  Following a long period of careful restoration the gardens have now been rejuvenated, as the owners have noted:

“It has been a revelation to watch this garden come magically back to vibrant life as we have all worked together from east to west, taking one project at a time.”

Tania Compton (ed) The Private Gardens of England (London:  Constable, 2015)


14 September 2018 – VIP experience, Harrogate Autumn Flower Show, North Yorkshire

The Harrogate Autumn Flower Show is a jewel in the crown of North Yorkshire’s annual events programme offering everything you need to create the perfect plot, plus spectacular plant nursery displays, live entertainment and great garden shopping. Enjoy VIP entry and a guided tour of the show and join Perennial at the President’s Lunch, a very special event hosted by the President of the North of England Horticultural Society, leading floral designer Jonathan Moseley.


12 October 2018 – Perennial Festival Dinner, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, London

Join us for a wonderful evening of fine dining and music, hosted by garden designer, writer and broadcaster, James Alexander Sinclair.

£150 per person

Perennial Fellowship Offer:  Book a table of 10 for the reduced price of £1,200.


Please contact us to reserve your tickets. (Harrogate Show tickets are limited.)

01372 373962

fellowship@perennial.org.uk

Contact Us

To join the Fellowship, please contact us today

Telephone | 01372 373962

Email | fellowship@perennial.org.uk


“Our world depends on the generosity of others. We see the results of this kindness every day in our work with clients. Quite simply we are a lifeline, a friend to turn to when there is no one else.
Our professional, highly trained team is ready to respond to all requests for assistance and our promise to you is that your support through the Perennial Fellowship will always be invested in the people who need our help.”

Sheila Thomson, Director of Services at Perennial

“Perennial needs regular, sustainable support that it can rely on every year to invest in existing services and plan new ways of helping people. I am proud to count myself among the founding members of the Perennial Fellowship and look forward to seeing the organisation grow in response to those who need it most.”

Pam Barrow, Perennial Fellow

A suggested annual contribution of £2,500 or more will help to make a real difference to horticulturists in desperate need. The contribution also includes the opportunity to access benefits for twelve months following receipt of your donation. Your gift can be paid as a one-off donation, by regular Direct Debit or Standing Order.

Whether passionate about plants or helping people, by becoming a Perennial Fellow you will be joining a group of friendly people who are all making a significant difference to the lives of people who work in horticulture.

Our Fellowship is a unique opportunity to become more involved with Perennial, making a significant difference to our work whilst also becoming closer to the charity and learning more about what we do, and how we do it.

We all have a connection to horticulture, whether it’s enjoying the great parks and gardens of the UK, or working to create them, and Perennial wants to ensure that all those who uphold our great horticultural skills and traditions are supported to maintain these beautiful spaces for generations to come.

To join, please call Shelley Morris on 01372 384050 who will be happy to tell you more about the Fellowship. Alternatively please email fellowship@perennial.org.uk.

Contact Us

To join the Fellowship, please contact us today

Telephone | 01372 373962

Email | fellowship@perennial.org.uk


“Our world depends on the generosity of others. We see the results of this kindness every day in our work with clients. Quite simply we are a lifeline, a friend to turn to when there is no one else.
Our professional, highly trained team is ready to respond to all requests for assistance and our promise to you is that your support through the Perennial Fellowship will always be invested in the people who need our help.”

Sheila Thomson, Director of Services at Perennial

UK-wide

Supporter Events


WHEN: Throughout the year

Supporter-run events in aid of Perennial taking place throughout the country


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China

Great Wall of China Discovery


WHEN: 13th - 21st September 2018

Registration Fee: £349* (Min sponsorship £2,880)


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Dorking, Surrey

Go Nuts for HortAid


WHEN: Sunday 30 September 2018

£20 registration* (£150 sponsorship per individual)


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London

Festival Dinner 2018


WHEN: Friday 12 October, 19:00 - 23:30

£150 which includes champagne reception in the Portland Place, followed by a delicious three-course dinner and entertainment in the Grand Ballroom


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London

Royal Parks Half Marathon


WHEN: Sunday 14 October 2018


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UK-wide

Skydiving


WHEN: Weekends throughout the year

Free (if you raise £350 in sponsorship)


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Flamingo Room, O'Neills, London

Party for Perennial 2018 – Thank you!


WHEN: Thursday 18 January 2018, 7:30-midnight

Over £10,000 raised on the night


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