Perrywood garden centre invites customers to upload memories as firm turns 30

Essex grower and garden centre Perrywood is calling for customers to post their memories online.

Alan and Karin Bourne took over Perrywood Nurseries from Alan's parents Mary and Les 30 years ago in 1984, and moved on site with their three young children. At the time it was a small business selling pick-your-own strawberries, potatoes, plants & compost.

Alan and Karin still run the business, now called Perrywood Garden Centre & Nurseries (Perrywood), alongside two of their children. Simon is general manager and Hannah leads on marketing & communications.

To celebrate their 30 years they are asking customers to share their experiences of Perrywood, and are collating memories at and via #perrywood30. To thank customers for their support over the years a number of special offers will be in-store across July.

Alan Bourne said: "We’d love to hear from the many people who have contributed to our success over the years; including customers, suppliers and of course our staff present and past."

Perrywood which had a turnover of £6.25m in 2013 has invested £1.3m back into the business over the last 18 months – expanding and refurbishing the coffee shop, new customer toilets and new office block

It employs more than 100 people from the local area, with one in ten having been at Perrywood for more than ten years and a quarter five years or more.

The firm scored 84 per cent in the 2014 Garden Centre Association Audit. 

Perrywood was voted ‘Best Plant Retailer 2013’ by Sun newspaper readers, and presented at the Garden Retail Awards.

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