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Current Vacancies

  • Sous Chef (Full-time)

    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.

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  • Temporary/Seasonal Chefs required

    We are looking to build up a pool of experienced chefs who are not looking for permanent work, but who might be interested in ad hoc hours to supplement their income – either as a short term stop gap, or on a more regular basis.

    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.

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  • Commis Chef Apprenticeship

    We are looking for an apprentice with a passion for food & cooking and the desire to learn the skills required to become an excellent chef. You will learn basic skills with regards chopping and preparing meals, with more responsibility given once these skills have been mastered.

    To apply please click here
    Deadline: Monday 31st July

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  • Coffee Shop Assistant (Part-time)

    Working 10.45am to 2.45pm – there are three different positions working different days, please see job description for the full information. There may be some flexibility with working hours.

    Join our busy coffee shop team who served more than 80,000 scones last year! We are looking for someone cheerful who can use their initiative, work as part of a team and put a smile on our customer’s faces! Each team member undertakes a variety of roles according to daily needs, covering the whole of the restaurant floor from waitressing, clearing customer tables and operating machines in our back of house dish wash area.  No evening hours. Time and a half pay at weekends.

    To apply please email us your CV and a covering letter.
    Deadline: Monday 31st July

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  • Plant Area Expert (outdoor plants)

    Our Plant Area team has helped us win numerous awards including Best Plant Area (Garden Retail Awards 2015) and Best Regional Plant Retailer 2014 (voted for by Sun readers). Our knowledgeable owner/director Alan Bourne does all the plant buying and works closely with our experienced plant area team to ensure that our high quality plants are always looking their best. We create inspiring displays which help our customers to purchase, and thus increase sales.

    We are looking for a super sales person who is passionate about plants to help us sell our fantastic specimens! You will mostly be working outside – moving and displaying plants, plant care & maintenance and of course delivering great customer service.

    We would also consider taking someone on as a Plant Area Assistant or Trainee Plant Area Assistant, if you don’t yet have the knowledge needed to join as a Plant Area Expert.

    Deadline: Monday 31st July

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  • Nursery Assistant

    We are looking for a Nursery Assistant to work full-time (Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm) in our Plant Production Nursery. You will be working with machinery, moving plants around and helping with watering and other plant care tasks. If you are interested in this vacancy only please contact Jasmine at SVC, who is short-listing applications for us. or 01206 262117.

    Please do not apply directly to us.

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For all other applications 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.


  • Some of the Coffee Shop Front of House team
  • Coffee Shop Chefs
  • Retail Sales Assistant
  • Garden Centre Assistant
  • Perrywood Coffee Shop
  • Outdoor Plant area
  • Home-Cooked Food at Perrywood Plant Nursery, Made Using the Freshest IngredientsHome-cooked food made using the freshest ingredients
  • Our Rising Stars 2017
  • Hats for Headway 2016
  • One of our knowledgeable plant area team
  • Marie Curie staff talk
  • The Greatest Garden Centre Baking Team Bronze Award 2017
  • The Greatest Pot Wash Team Gold Award 2017

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).