We are excited to spread the word about your trade charity Perennial at the Horticulture Week Business awards.
Perennial has been helping people in horticulture for 180 years. We help anyone who creates or maintains gardens, parks, sports facilities and other green spaces. If you work with plants, trees or grass, or work in the places where they grow, Perennial is your trade charity. Our free and confidential advice, support and financial assistance is often described as a ‘lifeline’ and extends to everyone retired from the industry.
People turn to Perennial for practical, independent help for all manner of reasons. Jobs within the industry are often physical, low paid, tied to accommodation or seasonal. These factors can lead to increased risk of injury, unemployment and financial strain. We understand that one issue can often lead to another, which is why we help people for as long as they need us.
We help people like Sam whose parents ran a successful nursery, but things started to go wrong when his father became unwell with kidney failure. His mother continued to run the nursery and care for her husband while Sam helped in the nursery as much as he could, but when his father’s health deteriorated further and resulted in a long stay in hospital, Sam’s mother was no longer able to cope. She too became unwell and the nursery had to close.
Sam was at college taking a two-year National Diploma in Horticulture and had plans to re-open the business once he was qualified. However, the family was struggling and didn’t have the necessary funds for Sam to continue with his studies.
We stepped in by providing a bursary of £1,500 from our Lironi Training Fund, enabling Sam to finish his studies and reopen the nursery.
While we are best known for helping people when they get into difficulty, we also work with people to prevent situations spiralling out of control. We are working hard to let everyone in the industry know about us and feel confident to get in touch before reaching crisis point and we need your help to spread the word.
We invite you to come and speak to one of our friendly team to discuss a mutually beneficial partnership or simply to find out more about how we can help you or a fellow colleague in the industry. We’re looking forward to meeting you.