Watch our short video to meet Nikki and to find out a bit more about working at Perrywood.

Current Vacancies

  • Sous Chef

    We are looking for an experienced Sous Chef that is used to a busy, fast-paced kitchen which produces high quality fresh food. You need to be able to contribute to the running of the kitchen and be capable of working within all areas. If you have drive, enthusiasm and are passionate about producing freshly made dishes, serving upwards of 500 plates of food each day, with the benefit of no evening hours, come take a look, you might be surprised. Minimum of four years in kitchen positions. No evening hours!

    To apply please email us your CV and a covering letter.
    We know chefs are in high demand so we interview good candidates as they come along! Get your CV across asap to be considered.

    Full Job Description | Apply Now
  • Senior Chef de Partie

    We are looking for a Senior Chef who has built a good level of experience and has worked in a busy, fast-paced kitchen environment and is now looking to further improve their skills and experience. If you have drive, enthusiasm and are passionate about producing freshly made dishes, serving upwards of 500 plates of food each day, with the benefit of no evening hours, come take a look, you might be surprised. Minimum of one year in chef roles. No evening hours!

    To apply please email us your CV and a covering letter.
    We know chefs are in high demand so we interview good candidates as they come along! Get your CV across asap to be considered.

    Full Job Description | Apply Now

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Please email us your CV and a short covering letter detailing the position you are applying for and why you feel you’re appropriate for the role, outlining any relevant experience. Please be very clear about which position you would like to apply for.

Alternatively you can post your CV and letter to:

Personnel department, Perrywood Garden Centre & Nurseries, Kelvedon Road, Inworth, Tiptree, Essex, CO5 9SX

We will respond to successful applications within 2 weeks of the closing deadline. We apologise but it is not possible for us to respond to applicants who are not successful. I’m afraid we are unable to answer queries about individual applications by phone or email. Recent previous applicants need not apply. 

We are always interested in hearing from candidates with proven horticultural or retailing experience. Even if a relevant vacancy is not listed please send your CV in if you think you have experience we would be interested in. 

If you are interested in working at Perrywood please keep an eye out for new vacancies on this page, or sign up to our newsletter.

Gallery

  • Some of the coffee shop front of house team
  • Coffee shop chefs
  • Retail Sales Assistant
  • Garden Centre Assistant
  • The Coffee Shop at Perrywood
  • Outdoor Plant area at Perrywood
  • Home-Cooked Food at Perrywood Plant Nursery, Made Using the Freshest IngredientsHome-Cooked Food at Perrywood Plant Nursery, Made Using the Freshest Ingredients
  • Cerys and Kirsty - our Rising Stars!
  • Xmas hats 2013
  • One of our knowledgeable plant area teamOne of our knowledgeable plant area team
  • Members of the Perrywood team showcasing their certificates from the GCA Regional Awards 2014Members of the Perrywood team showcasing their certificates from the GCA Regional Awards 2014
  • Collecting the numerous awards at the 2014 GCA Regional AwardsCollecting the numerous awards at the 2014 GCA Regional Awards
  • Cupcakes for Essex Air AmbulanceCupcakes for Essex Air Ambulance

Working at Perrywood

We are a family owned and run business and our owners Alan & Karin celebrated 30 years at Perrywood in 2014. We offer some really good benefits and have been recognised for the work we do, nationally, regionally and within the garden centre industry.

  • Top large garden centre in Essex – Garden Centre Association Regional Awards (and 2nd overall in North Thames region)
  • Family Business of the Year Awards – Winner in Homes & Gardens category and Winner of People’s Choice Award in East & East Anglia Region (as voted for by our customers!)
  • 2nd place in Garden Centre Association Christmas awards, 2015
  • Best Catering Facilities, Best Plant Area and Sales Team of the Year – Garden Retail Awards 2015
  • Greatest Afternoon Tea Experience Award 2015
  • Regional winners of The Sun Newspaper’s 2014 Britain’s Best Plant Retailer Award
  • Sixth position in the Garden Centre Association’s top 100 British garden centres league table for second year running (January 2016)
    • Named a ‘Garden Centre of Excellence’, an accolade given to only ten garden centres across Britain
    • Second place overall in catering excellence for destination garden centres (those with turnover of more than £5m)
  • Employee Kirsty Clark was voted the UK’s best young garden centre employee in the GCA’s Rising Stars competition sponsored by Westland (2015)

In recent years we have also won, or been shortlisted, for awards in catering, customer service, food & drink, gifts retailing and more!

We are located in Inworth, a village between Tiptree and Kelvedon. We are 5 minutes from the A12 and easily accessible by car from much of Essex including Chelmsford, Colchester, Maldon, Mersea Island, Coggeshall and further afield. There is also a bus service which stops at our entrance but it is not a regular service.

We currently employ more than 130 staff, and many of them have been with us for several years. One in nine have been with Perrywood for ten years or more, a quarter have been with us five years or more and 40% have been employed by Perrywood for three years or more (Figures correct in April 2016).