Last week, the Perennial team had a fantastic time at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival. It’s been great to get back to attending shows in person, something we’ve all missed this past year. Our wonderful team of volunteers are what make our Perennial presence at the shows possible. Without them, we simply couldn’t do it.
Val’s volunteering experience
“I have been a volunteer at four different charities since 2010. Out of them all Perennial is my charity of choice. I don’t say this to get a gold star or a bar of chocolate, it is simply the truth. I was asked to join Perennial’s volunteer group by helping at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show-in the plant crèche. This was the first time I had ever heard of the charity and as there were obviously many gardeners at Hampton Court who also hadn’t heard of this wonderful organisation, I decided to get involved.
I jumped at the opportunity to spread the word about the great things that Perennial does for people in horticulture and to help raise much needed funds. I have not looked back since. Everyone at Perennial is fantastic and there are many amazing opportunities to embrace once you are a volunteer. What is particularly great with Perennial is that they take the time to listen to us volunteers, they truly make us feel very special indeed.
At Perennial there is a lot of scope for volunteers to find their groove, either in the office be it filing, making calls and general office work to helping at all the great events that Perennial is involved in. My specialty is selling, and I work on our trade stands at both Hampton Court and The Chelsea Flower Shows. It’s hard work, but it’s worthwhile and is really good fun getting to meet new people, and whilst selling also telling them about the great work that Perennial does.
Being a volunteer with Perennial is so very worthwhile, rewarding, great fun and amazing to know that each and every one of us can contribute towards supporting people in horticulture and their families.”
There are so many volunteer opportunities to get involved in. Click here to take the first step in joining our fabulous community.