Perennial is the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping everyone who works in horticulture, and their families, when times get tough. Perennial provides free and confidential advice, support and financial assistance to people of all ages working in, or retired from horticulture. This help extends to spouses, partners and children.
At 177, Perennial is as needed as it ever was. The financial and social pressures on those working in and retired from horticulture are acute, particularly in the economic downturn, as horticulture professions are still relatively low paid and just as physically gruelling. Perennial is a ‘lifeline’ for many, providing free and confidential advice and financial assistance to over 1,200 people every year. There are many more who need our help and together we hope to reach even more during 2016.
Perennials history stretches from 1839 when The Gardeners’ Benevolent Institution (now Perennial) was founded on 17th January at an inaugural dinner for gardeners, nurserymen and amateurs at the Crown and Anchor Tavern, just off The Strand in London
In a livelihood that is often dependent upon good health and physical strength, Perennial know the devastating effect illness or injury can have upon you and your families, particularly when low income, job insecurity and retirement may present additional problems.
Perennial’s nationwide team of caseworkers and debt advisers respond quickly and effectively, providing free, confidential advice, support and financial assistance whenever it is needed for as long as it takes to get people back on their feet and to rebuild their lives.
|Raymond Whitwell was part of the rear guard at Dunkirk over 75 years ago. Left on the beach when no boat came back for them, he made his way down through France and managed to jump on board a Dutch fishing boat back to England.|
Kate had heard of Perennial via a friend who is a supporter of the charity in Cornwall. It didn’t seem relevant whilst she was well and healthy but a few years down the line, once illness had forced a huge lifestyle change, she thought again about us.
She says it took courage and a huge swallowing of pride to write that first email and ask for help. She received a phone call the next day and recalls those first conversations with a lasting sense of relief.
Every year Miracle-Gro has been donating to this fantastic charity, so this year they thought they would make it official and become a Silver Perennial Partner. This type of partnership is vital to Perennial as it means they can plan ahead for those facing need or crisis.
Sheila Hill, Miracle-Gro UK General Manager, said "At Scotts Miracle-Gro we are always enthusiastic and proactive in supporting many horticultural based charities, and this is a fantastic way to help the horticulturists themselves"
Anita Bates presents a Perennial Pertner Certificate to Sheila Hill - UK General Manager Scotts Miracle-Gro. Picture courtesy of Jonathan Ward, Ginger Horticulture.