About Perrywood

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Perrywood is an independent, family-owned garden centre and nursery run by the Bourne Family in Essex. Our vision is to inspire people to get more plants in their lives. Our every day mission is to offer a memorable garden centre experience; delivering wow customer service and giving employees, customers, suppliers and our local community a reason to smile. You can read more about our company values.

Our large covered areas allow you to visit whatever the weather, and you can enjoy a home cooked meal or cream tea in our light, bright modern coffee shop & restaurant. Our site is surrounded by beautiful countryside, backing onto woodland and views over the Kelvedon valley.

Alan Bourne is the MD and Plant Buyer. Karin Bourne has retired from day to day operations. Their three children – Hannah Powell (Communications & HR Director), Simon Bourne (Retail Director), and Tristan Bourne (Operations Director) – make up the rest of the Board.

We took over our second site, Perrywood Sudbury (formerly the Wyevale Sudbury Garden Centre) on 24 September 2018.

History

Lesley and Mary Bourne

Perry Wood is next to the site and lent its name to the business back in the 50’s when Alan Bourne’s parents, Mary and Les, bought the land and called it Perrywood Nurseries. They started out growing potatoes and pick-your-own strawberries. After working for Colchester parks department, and seeing the supermarkets begin to take over the strawberry market, son Alan Bourne started to grow plants to sell from the front of the property and took over the business with his wife Karin in 1984. Over the next 30 years they gradually grew the site into an award-winning garden centre which now attracts customers from all over Essex and further afield.

Watch our Video Celebrating 30 years at Perrywood

Perrywood 30 from NeonCloud on Vimeo.