Working at Perrywood

Our Mission & Vision

Our mission is to offer a memorable garden centre experience; delivering wow customer service and giving employees, customers, suppliers & community a reason to smile.

Our vision is to inspire people to get more plants in their lives. View our Vision & Values

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Perrywood Sudbury Website

Application Process

Please email 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. Please email

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.

Perrywood is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to ensuring our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible.  If you require any reasonable adjustments, please inform us as soon as you are able so that we can make the appropriate adjustments.

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. 

We reserve the right to close an advertised vacancy early due to a particularly high response rate.

Unfortunately, we are unable to employ students until they have completed their GCSE’s.

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Perrywood Careers

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Working at Perrywood

Perrywood Tiptree is a family-owned garden centre and nursery run by the Bourne family. Alan Bourne is the MD and Plant Buyer. Karin Bourne has retired from day to day business 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 offer some excellent benefits including:

  • Part-uniform provided
  • Paid holiday
  • Annual Christmas bonus
  • From the start of your employment, you will receive 10% discount on specific items. Following a successful probation period the discount increases up to 20% discount on specific items and after one years service up to 40% discount on specific items.
  • Retail discount scheme
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Training and development
  • Workplace pension
  • Free parking

Our Tiptree store is 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.

Our Sudbury store is our second site which we took over in September 2018. It’s an exciting time to join!

Supporting the Community

We have signed the Mindful Employer charter – this is a national initiative supporting employers to take a positive approach towards mental health at work. By signing the Mindful Employer charter employers can make a public declaration of their ambition to support the mental wellbeing of their staff.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a pledge that together we acknowledge and understand that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve with their lives.

We are a Disability Confident organisation.

Mindful Employer Armed Forces Covenant Disability Confident

Recognition & Awards

Our Tiptree store has been recognised for the work we do, nationally, regionally and within the garden centre industry:

  • Family Business of the Year

    Family Business of the Year Awards 2022
  • UK’s Best Plant Area

    (in the destination garden centre category) at the Garden Centre Association Awards 2018 and 2019
  • Garden Centre of Excellence

    3rd in the Garden Centre Association (GCA) league table of ‘top 100 garden centres in the UK’ 2018, 2019 and 2022
  • Best Destination Garden Centre in the North Thames Region

    Garden Centre Association Regional Awards 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022 and 2023
  • Best Indoor Lifestyle Retailer

    Garden Centre Association Regional Awards 2018, 2019, 2022 and 2023

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

Work Experience

If you are interested in work experience at Perrywood, please email

Visiting us at Tiptree

Kelvedon Road, Inworth
Tiptree, Essex CO5 9SX
Tel 01376 570777

Directions & Opening Times

Visiting us at Sudbury

Newton Road, Sudbury
Suffolk CO10 0PZ
Tel 01787 466965

Directions & Opening Times