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National Garden Scheme helps Perennial support more horticulturalists

The National Garden Scheme (NGS) has made a donation of £130,000 to Perennial, which will allow the charity to reach even more horticulturists in need this year. As Perennial’s largest single donor, the NGS and its annual contribution make a huge difference in extending the reach of Perennial’s services to help those whose lives have reached crisis point.

The NGS has been supporting the work of Perennial for over 30 years and this long-term partnership has enabled the charity to help thousands of people both working in and retired from all sectors of the horticulture industry. That includes gardeners, landscapers, garden designers, tree surgeons, groundsmen and everyone that helps keep Britain beautiful. Donations from the garden loving public visiting the some 3,700 gardens open through the scheme during 2018 will directly benefit Perennial. 

Peter Newman, chief executive of Perennial said: “For those who love gardens and green spaces, working in horticulture can be truly fulfilling. But the work is often physical, seasonal and poorly paid, so a sudden emergency such as an accident or injury can devastate horticulturists and their families. Perennial exists as a lifeline for those who find themselves in crisis, and supports them for as long as it takes to rebuild their lives. The funds that we receive from the NGS are crucial in helping us extend our reach and help more horticulturists in need. The NGS donation is Perennial’s largest annual gift and it makes a huge difference to hundreds of lives. We are profoundly grateful to the many people who open their beautiful gardens, year after year, to raise these much needed funds.”

Perennial is the only charity dedicated to helping everyone from across the horticulture industry and related sectors, delivering front line financial and emotional support and advice to those facing tough times. The number of people seeking help from Perennial continues to rise – In 2017, there was a 9% increase in the total number of people that Perennial helped, assisting them in accessing almost £1.9m in direct financial help.

Perennial’s own gardens open through the NGS to raise money – Fullers Mill in West Stow near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk will open on Sunday 13 May from 10am-5pm, and York Gate Garden near Leeds, open throughout the season, makes an annual donation to the NGS. The gardens of the six houses in Barton near Cambridge, which are owned by Perennial as retirement housing, will also open for the NGS as part of the Barton Gardens group on Sunday 8 April and Sunday 10 June.

Details of all open gardens are published in the NGS’s guide, ‘Garden Visitor’s Handbook 2018’, which is available to buy from the Perennial shop at https://shop.perennial.org.uk/ priced £11.99.

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