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.

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.


Fellowship Events 2019

In the 180th year of the founding of Perennial, previously known as the Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Institution and later Society, we are delighted to thank our Fellows for their support with a fantastic programme of events, including exclusive tours of our show gardens – please see the Fellowship Events tab along the top for full details.

26 April | Harrogate Spring Show & Perennial Legacy Show Garden

A curated tour of the Harrogate Spring Show finishing at the Perennial Legacy Show Garden.As we tour the show this will be a perfect chance to have all your horticultural questions answered – subjects such as auriculas, alpines or indeed anything to do with spring gardens. All followed by time at the Perennial Legacy Show Garden including a warming lunch.

 

Contact Us

To join the Fellowship, please contact us today

Telephone | 01372 373962

Email | David Lewis


“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


“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 | David Lewis


“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

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 | David Lewis


“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

Fellowship Events 2019

We are delighted to present the Fellowship events for 2019. Your ongoing support allows Perennial to continue to provide vital welfare services to all sectors of the horticultural industry.

The Fellows programme also offers ‘money can’t buy’ experiences related to UK horticulture and opportunities to introduce new people to the Perennial Fellowship programme.

22 February | Colesbourne Park


A guided tour of Colesbourne Park, the home of the Elwes family, a fundamental part of Britain’s love of Galanthus. Large areas of snowdrops, made up of 250 varieties including Galanthus elwesii planted by John Grimshaw and Will Fletcher. A must for all galanthophiles. We will start with a guided tour of the snowdrops at 11am followed by lunch in the Colesbourne Inn. (Hurry! Places are limited.)


26 April | Harrogate Spring Show & Perennial Legacy Show Garden

A curated tour of the Harrogate Spring Show finishing at the Perennial Legacy Show Garden.As we tour the show this will be a perfect chance to have all your horticultural questions answered – subjects such as auriculas, alpines or indeed anything to do with spring gardens. All followed by time at the Perennial Legacy Show Garden including a warming lunch. (All Fellows and their
guests will be accommodated, however prior notice is required.)

21 – 25 May | RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The designers and others involved in The Laskett inspired Perennial Lifeline Garden will be onsite talking about how it came into fruition and to raise awareness of the charity and it’s work. Fellows attending the show will be invited for an exclusive viewing of the garden and welcomed with a glass of Champagne. Please let me know when you will be attending so that we can organise this unique experience for you. (Notice of the date you’re attending is required so we can make sure the Champagne is cold!)


21 June | Buckingham Palace garden tour followed by Afternoon Tea at The Goring

We are delighted that The Queen has given her approval for Perennial to invite a small group to tour Buckingham Palace gardens with a guided tour from Head Gardener, Mark Lane. We would like to invite you and a guest to enjoy this once in a lifetime experience followed by afternoon tea at The Goring. If you cannot attend, please feel free to suggest a friend or colleague who might enjoy this event. (Hurry! Places are limited.)


14 September -| Lunch at West Green House

A delightful lunch celebrating Mediterranean food, wine and music. In the glasshouses we will enjoy food prepared with Mediterranean vegetables grown in the garden. After lunch we will have a tour of the gardens, followed by a masterclass in growing Mediterranean vegetables here in the UK. For this event it would be perfect for you to invite friends or colleagues to learn about Perennial’s Fellowship programme. (Places will need to be booked in advance.)


4 October | Lunch at York Gate Garden

This is a chance to see and hear about the development work taking place at Perennial’s York Gate Garden. We will start with a tour of the gardens lead by Head Gardener Ben Preston, followed by lunch in the house in the company of notable Yorkshire horticulturists. This will be a chance to find out how Perennial have been able to support people who work in horticulture as well as the development of our gardens. (We will endeavour to host all Fellows and guests.)


11 October | 180th Anniversary Festival Dinner

After the amazing revival of The Festival Dinner in 2018 we are delighted to announce that the 180th Anniversary Festival Dinner will be held at the Corinthia Hotel, London on 11 October 2019. All Fellows will be eligible to book a table at the Fellows price of £1800 for a table of 10. (Offer available until 17/01/19)

Our after-dinner speaker will be Perennial President Alan Titchmarch MBE. The Festival dinner was held for many years at The Hotel Metropole (now the Corinthian) in former years and, therefore what better way to celebrate 180 years of Perennial’s support for gardeners and other horticulturists in the UK.


Please contact us to reserve your tickets.

Email David Lewis or call the office on 01372 384 049

Contact Us

To join the Fellowship, please contact us today

Telephone | 01372 373962

Email | David Lewis


“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

“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 David Lewis on 01372 373962 who will be happy to tell you more about the Fellowship, or alternatively get in touch via email at dlewis@perennial.org.uk

Contact Us

To join the Fellowship, please contact us today

Telephone | 01372 373962

Email | David Lewis


“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

La Goccia, Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden, London

Party for Perennial 2019


WHEN: Tuesday 29 January 2019, 7:00pm - 11:00pm

£28


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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London

Abseiling down the ArcelorMittal Orbit


WHEN: Saturday 6 April 2019

£25 non-refundable registration fee | Minimum of £250 sponsorship raised per person


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