Celebrating a partnership that has endured for almost half a century, horticulture welfare charity Perennial will once again join forces with Scotland’s Gardens Scheme at Gardening Scotland (31 May – 2 June) to raise awareness of how the charity helps people in horticulture and their families in Scotland.
Garden visitors in Scotland helped raise over £16,000 for Perennial last year through Scotland’s Gardens Scheme. Every visit to any of the hundreds of gardens open to the public through the scheme directly benefits Perennial, as one of its long-standing charities.
This year, as Perennial marks its 180th anniversary, it wants to reach more people than ever before and will be speaking to visitors at Gardening Scotland about its work. What is more, supporters of Perennial can take advantage of a special discount to Gardening Scotland, when they buy tickets online at www.gardeningscotland.com/tickets/ with the code ‘Perennial19’. For every purchase with this code, Gardening Scotland will also donate £1 to Perennial.
Beechgrove Garden presenter and Perennial Trustee, Carole Baxter will be making an appearance on the stand every day of the show to sign Scotland’s Gardens Schemes books. Representatives from Perennial’s friendly services team will also on hand on the Friday and Saturday explaining more about how Perennial can provide help to individuals and families.
Perennial is the only UK charity that exists to help people in horticulture when they are struggling financially, physically or personally, and that includes everyone whose work involves maintaining gardens, parks, trees, sports facilities and other green spaces. In order to meet growing demand for Perennial’s help in Scotland, Perennial recently recruited two additional new advisors as part of the existing team covering Scotland and the North of England to provide tailored, one-to-one support and advice to those in need, regardless of the scale of their issue or concern. All support Perennial provides is completely free and confidential.
Over 500 gardens across Scotland are open to the public through Scotland’s Gardens Scheme this year, from country estates and cottage gardens to wildlife havens and community allotments. There is something for everyone and every visit helps support Perennial’s work in Scotland. As well as receiving a proportion of all donations from garden visits, last year two of the participating gardens – Douneside in Aberdeenshire and The Gallery Garden in Montrose – chose Perennial as their designated charity, donating 60% of funds received on their garden open days.
Perennial supporters get a special discount on online ticket purchases for Gardening Scotland. Visit: www.gardeningscotland.com/tickets/ and save £3 on the usual online price of £15 by using the promotional code ‘Perennial19’ at check out. Organisers of Gardening Scotland will donate £1 to Perennial for every ticket purchased with this code.
Find out more at www.perennial.org.uk and www.scotlandsgardens.org