Horticulture students’ one-day festive fundraiser for Perennial

A group of students from Nottingham Trent University, studying Bsc Horticulture at the Brackenhurst Campus, have chosen to raise money for Perennial this season. The ‘Profit from a Pony’ initiative, set up by lecturer David Jukes as part of the students’ Horticultural Employability module, gives groups of budding horticulturists the chance to raise a profit from £25 worth of floristry equipment.

The Green Inspirations team, led by Stephen Briggs, is making festive wreaths with materials foraged in and around the campus, which will be sold on 8 December. Any profit raised will be donated to Perennial. Speaking about the challenge, Stephen says:

“We decided to support Perennial as a team because one of our team members had heard about the charity. We did some research to find out more about Perennial’s services for horticulturists and decided it would be the perfect charity for us, as horticulture students, to support. Being a ‘land based’ college campus we feel as a team that Perennial will resonate with both students and staff. Perennial does really great work and we think that we can raise awareness of its services around campus while selling wreaths that will brighten up doors around Nottingham this season.”

The team is creating both traditional and contemporary wreaths which can be pre-ordered using the form below or at the one-day Green Inspirations sale outside the Brackenhurst Campus library on 8th December. Traditional wreaths are being sold for £10 and contemporary wreaths are £15. There are two designs for each.

Speaking about the group’s decision to raise money for Perennial this Christmas, Laura Garnett, Development Manager at the charity, says:

“We know that awareness of Perennial and the work it does to support horticulturists in need is growing, but we are thrilled that this group of horticulture students has decided to support us this year. It really demonstrates that news of our work is spreading and that horticulturists of all ages can see the benefit of supporting their trade charity. We wish the Green Inspirations team the best of luck with their festive wreath sale this week.”

To pre-order a wreath fill in the form below and email greeninspirations.ntu@gmail.com. Alternatively, visit Stephen and his team at their market stall on 8th December outside the Brackenhurst library.

Green Inspirations pre-order form

To find out more about Perennial and the services it offers all horticulturists visit www.perennial.org.uk/help or call free and in confidence on 0800 093 8543.


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Perennial offers free, confidential advice and support to everyone working in or retired from horticulture and their families, including gardeners, landscapers, nursery and garden centre staff, parks and grounds care staff and tree surgeons. People turn to Perennial for financial and emotional help in times of need because of disability, sickness, poverty, financial hardship and old age – although increasingly younger people are seeking their assistance. Many individuals describe the services Perennial offers as a ‘lifeline’. The work of Perennial depends entirely on voluntary donations from the horticultural industry and the garden-loving public.

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