Perennial, the UK’s only charity supporting all horticulturists when times get tough, is proud to announce a new partnership with the Horticulture Week Custodian Awards, which take place in June 2016. Launched in January the Awards will celebrate the best in parks, gardens and tree management. In addition, Perennial has also been confirmed as the official charity partner for the Horticulture Week 175th anniversary celebrations, also in June 2016.
Speaking on behalf of the charity, Laura Garnett, Development Manager at Perennial, says:
“We’re thrilled to be working in partnership with Horticulture Week on a number of initiatives this year. As the only charity supporting all those working in horticulture across the UK, and regular champions of the unsung heroes of the horticulture industry, Perennial is well-placed to support the awards and help raise the profile of those who work tirelessly to keep the UK’s parks, public access gardens, green spaces and urban woodlands looking fabulous.”
The earlybird deadline for entry to the Custodian Awards is 21 April 2016. With categories covering all aspects of parks, gardens and tree management the awards will celebrate and recognise all those responsible for looking after our green spaces.
Speaking about the partnership with Perennial this year, Kate Lowe, Editor of Horticulture Week, says:
“We are honoured to have industry charity Perennial join us as our partner for the Custodian Awards. Perennial is a true industry champion providing effective and practical help to those in need.”
For full details about the Custodian Awards and how to enter, visit the Horticulture Week website here.
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 assistance. Many 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.