Why not visit your local open gardens for some inspiration!

Did you know there are 66 homeowners in Essex (and hundreds across the UK) who open their gardens each year as part of the National Garden Scheme. Money is raised for charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, and Hospice UK and just over £2.1m was donated in 2020.     If you haven’t visited any of these gardens, we really… Read More »

Sustainable children’s toys

We are very passionate about protecting the natural environment and are continuously working with our suppliers to make sure we source sustainable products wherever possible. Children are the new generation of gardeners and explorers so here are a few of our NEW Children’s Toy ranges to get your children excited to play outdoors – lookout… Read More »

Happy 70th birthday Alan

Alan and Karin Bourne bought Perrywood Tiptree from Alan’s parents in 1984. Alan turns 70 years old on Saturday 3rd April, so we thought we would share some photos and facts about his life. He has lived most of it in a house next to the garden centre. When Alan was born, his dad Les… Read More »

2021 Easter opening times and Coffee Shop treats

  Join us in-store this Easter weekend and browse our extensive range of products for the home and garden. Our award-winning plant area is well stocked with an abundance of plants and trees. Get busy in your garden!   Easter opening times   Good Friday (8.30am – 5pm) Saturday  3rd April (8am – 6pm) Easter… Read More »

We’ve reduced our CO² Emissions!

We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and becoming as carbon neutral as possible in the future. As part of our sustainability drive, we have recently installed three new Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHPs). These will be up and running shortly and will produce enough heat for the underfloor heating in the main shop, the… Read More »

Join our ‘Grow with Perrywood’ group on Facebook!

One of the positives from 2020 was that so many people discovered the joys of gardening and growing for the first time. If you are new to growing or if you have lots of knowledge and experience, why not join our ‘Grow with Perrywood in 2021’ Facebook group! It is a friendly place to chat… Read More »

Update on Dining at Perrywood Tiptree

Our Takeaway is open until Sunday 16th May. The Dining area in our Coffee Shop & Restaurant is currently closed but will re-open on Monday 17th May. ALL tables must be booked in advance (breakfast, lunch, morning/afternoon coffee & cake). Booking are now open – please goto www.perrywood.co.uk/dining. Our Greenhouse Café  will re-open on Monday… Read More »

Skipping into Spring for Greenfingers Charity

The team at Perrywood are skipping into Spring to raise much needed funds for Greenfingers Charity and we really need your support! Every March, we support Garden Re-Leaf Day, a national fundraising event that is organised by Greenfingers Charity. The charity is dedicated to supporting the children who use hospices around the UK, along with their families,… Read More »

Extended opening hours

As the weather improves and the growing season begins, we are expecting to become busier. To enable everyone to shop safely, we are extending our opening hours as follows: Every Saturday from 6th March (until 12th June) we will be open from 8 am to 6 pm We chose to begin the longer hours on Saturdays because typically it is… Read More »

Listen to Perrywood Owner Alan on The Plant Based Podcast

Listen to Michael Perry and Ellen Mary’s The Plant Based Podcast Sunday 28th February at 7pm to hear Alan (Perrywood Owner) talk about the growth and changes of Perrywood.   Michael and Ellen talk to Alan about the impact of covid, inspiration for Perrywood, and how the demographic has changed amongst shoppers.   You can learn more… Read More »

Helping local communities to get growing in 2021

Now, more than ever, we have seen the joy and therapeutic benefits that gardening can bring to people’s lives. Our aim is to get more people growing in 2021. This year, we will be supporting two charities and a community interest company who use gardening to help vulnerable groups, including refugees, the unemployed, adults with… Read More »

Opening hours return to normal from 30th January

We will be returning to our regular opening hours from Saturday 30th January: 8:30am to 5pm Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm on Sunday (browsing from 9:30am) We reduced opening hours whilst infection rates were rising very fast. Reduced opening hours were important for the team while conducting seasonal changes; they could do this more… Read More »

Over £11,000 raised for charities at Perrywood Tiptree in 2020!

We are delighted to announce we have raised £11,912 for charities in 2020! The money was raised through a combination of inhouse and online events.  In spite of challenging circumstances due to Covid 19, we are really pleased to have raised this sum and thank all our customers and team for their ongoing support. This grand… Read More »

Update on opening hours

Today (7 January) infection rates are one in 18 in parts of Essex, with the rest of the county heading for that figure. Our priority is to keep our team and our customers safe. To do this we are making the following changes at both Perrywood Tiptree and Perrywood Sudbury. Reduced opening hours – 10… Read More »

Coffee Shop & Restaurant is currently CLOSED

We have made the difficult decision to close our Coffee Shop & Restaurant. We will be closed from Friday 18 December, reopening in the New Year. Date to be confirmed once we have an update on the tiers. There will be no takeaway service available. Customers with bookings will be contacted via SMS and/or email… Read More »

Christmas and New Year opening times

We will be closing at 5pm on Wednesday 23 December and will not reopen until 8.30am on Saturday 2 January. This is first because we do not expect to be very busy so it is not commercially viable to stay open. We remain in Tier 2 but many of our customers live in Tier 4.… Read More »

Ending the year with some Christmas cheer!

For the last five years, over the Christmas period, we have been giving out planted containers to individuals in our local community who, for one reason or another, deserve some Christmas cheer. This year, we teamed up with the fantastic Tiptree Volunteers who kindly delivered these gifts to local people who are shielding due to Covid-19.… Read More »

Coffee Shop & Restaurant update – Wednesday 2nd December

The Coffee Shop and Restaurant will reopen from Wednesday 2nd. The Coffee Shop and Restaurant will reopen from Wednesday 2nd. Our Greenhouse Café will remain closed until the New Year. Coffee Shop & Restaurant Opening Times: Monday to Friday: • For breakfast or coffee & cake (9am-11am) bookings are not required • For lunch in the week… Read More »

Order your planted containers for Christmas

Not having a Christmas party this year but would still like to show your appreciation to your employees? Or have lots of family and friends but are not sure what to gift them? Our planted container team can help you! We are now taking orders for planted containers, either indoors/outdoors, in various options online. This… Read More »

Purchasing your Cut Christmas Tree 2020

To help keep everyone safe we have made some changes to how you purchase your cut Christmas tree. As well as choosing your tree in the normal, way we have introduced some additional options. 1. Choosing a tree in store This year we have introduced a new system, we are asking customers to: Step 1:… Read More »

Have you tried our Compost Drive-Thru?

All large bags of compost and bark are now available from our Compost Drive-Thru with a smaller selection available in store. Small bags are available in store. NEW: View the 2021 compost range online – you can now browse at home before you buy. Please be aware this is a rough guide to stock levels… Read More »

Christmas at Perrywood Tiptree

We appreciate it is very early to be talking about Christmas but with the year we’ve had so far, we think we all need something to look forward to! Our Christmas Shop will open in early October. We have some wonderful Fairytale Christmas themes to share with you that are sure to add magical and… Read More »

Peat-Free Trials

We recognise that it is extremely detrimental to the environment to continue using growing media containing peat. The lowland and wetland peat bogs that are being destroyed take thousands of years to develop and are a unique ecosystem for wildlife. Additionally, the extraction of peat causes the release of carbon which contributes to climate change. It… Read More »

Perrywood Team – Grow your own

We have had some amazing stories of our team growing their own vegetables over lock-down and we wanted to share these with you. For some this is a first time experience and they’re so proud with the results. We hope this may inspire you to grow your own at home too, whether it’s vegetables or… Read More »

Our Greenhouse Café is now open!

PLEASE NOTE FROM THURSDAY 5TH NOVEMBER OUR GREENHOUSE CAFE WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, IN LINE WITH GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES Our new Greenhouse Café is now open 10am-3pm daily and is located in the Bedding Plant greenhouse. (The temperature in the Greenhouse Café is set for the plants and not for the people so on cold days,… Read More »

Eat Out to Help out Government scheme

Our Coffee Shop & Restaurant and Greenhouse Café are participating in the Eat Out to Help Out Government scheme. From 3rd-31st  August (Mon-Wed only) customers are eligible for a 50% discount on food or non-alcoholic drinks, up to a maximum of £10 discount per person. To guarantee a table for lunch or weekend breakfast in… Read More »

Children’s summer holiday competition

Join in our competition by creating a masterpiece inspired by our local artist Lucy Tiffney using flowers, foliage, twigs or anything else you can find in your garden or on a walk. Children must be under the age of 12 years. Please have your entry in by the Tuesday 1st September and a winner will… Read More »

Singing to the plants – Mercury Theatre

Our plants received a musical surprise this week when they were treated to a very special concert by local freelance performers, singer Jenna Saiz-Abo Henriksen and pianist Adam Abo Henriksen, as arranged by the Mercury Theatre Colchester. Inspired by the Barcelona Opera House, which reopened last month with a performance to 2,292 potted plants, we… Read More »

Changes in our Coffee Shop & Restaurant to keep customers and staff safe

The safety of our customers and staff is our top priority and we have been working hard to make sure a number of measures are in place, so that you feel comfortable and can relax and enjoy your dining experience. On arrival at our Coffee Shop & Restaurant, there is a dedicated, wide queuing area… Read More »

Our Coffee Shop & Restaurant is now open

Our Coffee Shop & Restaurant is now open from 9am-4.30pm, Monday-Saturday (9.30am-3.30pm on Sundays). To guarantee a table for lunch (11.30am-2.30pm) or weekend breakfast (until 11am), please book online in advance at www.perrywood.co.uk/dining On Monday to Friday we welcome visitors for breakfast (last orders for breakfast are at 10.45am) or coffee and cake without a… Read More »

Used bicycle pop up collection

Do you have an old bike taking up room in the shed that is no longer used? Why not bring it to Perrywood on Tuesday 30 June between 10am and 2pm? You will clear space for yourself and be supporting a great cause. Re-Cycle (Bikes to Africa) are holding a pop up bicycle collection. This… Read More »

Alfresco entertaining while social distancing

Our gardens (or other outdoor areas) have become our new socialising spaces. At last some of us are able to meet up with friends and family as long as we stay socially distanced and are mindful of keeping safe. Here are few top tips on how to stay safe and comfortable in the garden. Keep… Read More »

Extending our opening hours at Perrywood

Please note from Thursday 11 June our opening hours will be returning to normal – 8:30am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday. From 27 May to 10 June we will be temporarily extending our opening hours at Perrywood Tiptree.   Monday to Saturday you can shop 8am to 6pm, with… Read More »

Changes we’ve made to keep you (and our team) safe

We are pleased to say the measures we have implemented to keep our customers and team safe and social distanced are working really well. A lot of preparation and hard work has gone into getting ready to reopen and enable you to feel as comfortable and at ease as is possible – from the moment… Read More »

We are open with lots of changes to keep you safe

Having received confirmation from the Government we are really pleased that our doors are reopen. Our opening hours are as normal. In order to keep our team and customers safe we have been working on a number of changes; please read them through before you visit:  Please see our aerial map to see the changes… Read More »

Place your orders now for CO5 9 and CO5 0 postcodes

THIS SERVICE IS NOW SUSPENDED We are launching a new contactless delivery service this week, starting with postcodes CO5 9 and CO5 0 only. If you are outside this delivery area I’m sure you will understand that we need to start with a small area to ensure we are able to fulfil orders. As the… Read More »

New local delivery service from Perrywood Tiptree – Co5 9 and CO5 0

THIS SERVICE IS NOW SUSPENDED We are launching a new contactless delivery service this week, starting with postcodes CO5 9 and CO5 0 only. If you are outside this delivery area I’m sure you will understand that we need to start with a small area to ensure we are able to fulfil orders. As the… Read More »

Garden photos from the Perrywood Team

As part of our efforts to keep our valuable team connected during this period of lock down we asked them to share pictures of their gardens. Here are a collection of our favourites:  

What are we doing with unsold plants?

There has been much discussion in the news about what is happening to all the plants which are not being sold. Journalists and industry spokespeople have wondered whether garden centres can deliver plants, or donate them to needy groups – instead of throwing them away. We have had some enquiries and wanted to confirm our… Read More »

Our Garden Centres and Coffee Shops are now closed

UPDATE – Monday 23rd March Our Garden Centres and Coffee Shops are now closed (including the compost drive through). Due to the latest advice on social distancing we have taken the decision not to open.   To confirm to you all that the coffee shops at Tiptree and Sudbury will both be closed tomorrow, as… Read More »

Perrywood customer update

A quick business update. As of today (Wednesday 18th March) we are open but this is constantly being reviewed in this ever changing situation. We have significantly increased sanitation measures in the garden centre and coffee shop, and for our employees more generally. They are not working in close proximity to one another (as far… Read More »

Sustainable products at Perrywood

We are very passionate about protecting the natural environment and are continuously working with our suppliers to make sure we source sustainable products wherever possible. Here are a few of our favourites from our clothing, gift and food & drink ranges. Look out for them in store and make your home more eco-friendly.   Thought… Read More »

Open your garden to inspire others, and to raise money for charity

Opening your garden for charity is a great opportunity to invite your local community into your garden, to share your passion for plants and inspire others to get growing. Not to mention the added bonus to raising money for charity. You don’t have to have a perfect garden to take part. Anyone who is willing… Read More »

Running a community garden

    If you run a community garden what resources can you tap into? In 2020 The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is launching a new schools and communities initiative to bring people together to tackle loneliness. Called Grow Social, it aims to harness the power of plants and gardening to encourage groups of people to… Read More »

Community Gardening – get involved

  There are some amazing gardening projects out there, taking place for various groups in the community; in council or charity-run gardens, schools, and so on. We know there are many benefits of plants; from therapeutic and healing properties, through to how people look after their environment more if they are able to connect with… Read More »

Houseplant donation to offices at Colchester Hospital

The Perrywood team visited the offices of Colchester Hospital on Friday with a donation of £350 houseplants. This was organised in conjunction with Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity. Staff from the hospital were ready and waiting for this special delivery!   It is well known that houseplants can be hugely beneficial to health – they… Read More »

Mother’s Day weekend in our Coffee Shop & Restaurant at Tiptree

Why not give your Mum an extra special treat this Mother’s Day weekend with a visit to our Coffee Shop & Restaurant! We will be serving the following specials (in addition to our main Coffee Shop & Restaurant menu):   Saturday 21st March Beef & Guinness pie with roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables Hunter’s chicken… Read More »

What’s being built at Perrywood Sudbury?

If you have visited Perrywood Sudbury recently, or driven past, you may have noticed a building going up in our plant area. This will be a 580m² bedding plant canopy (or polytunnel) which will be used to display bedding plants and other tender plants. As a company we want to inspire people to get more… Read More »

Perrywood celebrates award wins at the National Garden Centre Association Conference

The team at Perrywood Tiptree is celebrating this week following tremendous success at the National Garden Centre Association (GCA) Conference this week, the industry’s most prestigious event of the year for UK garden centres. Perrywood Tiptree was named 3rd in the Garden Centre Association’s Top 100 League Table, for the second consecutive year, making it… Read More »

Over £21,000 raised for charities at Perrywood Tiptree in 2019!

We are delighted to announce we have raised a fantastic £21,050 for charities in 2019! The money was raised through a combination of in-store events and staff activities. We are thrilled to have raised this huge sum and thank all our customers and staff for their ongoing support. This grand total includes the following donations to… Read More »

Perrywood Sudbury is a supporting sponsor of St Helena Hospice Snowdrops

We are delighted to be a supporting sponsor of a stunning visual display of commemorative Snowdrops at Beth Chatto Gardens, organised by St Helena Hospice. This February, a limited number of hand-crafted Snowdrops will be planted amongst a bed of real snowdrops, creating a striking visual display as they come into bloom. This stunning visual… Read More »

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