World Cup competition

Don’t spend time lighting the barbecue this Sunday when you could be watching the World Cup! We are giving away this Weber Rapidfire Chimney Starter Set worth £24.99. This set has everything you need to get your barbecue started. Fill the chimney starter with briquettes and soon after you’ll hear the mesmerising crackling that means… Read More »

It’s competition time!

WIN this Berkeley Bench worth £199 We are giving you the chance to WIN a Berkeley Bench worth £199.  Just imagine a lovely sunny afternoon spent admiring your garden with a cup of tea on your new bench! To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize, all you need to do is make… Read More »

Perrywood Coffee Shop gets ‘chatty’ to combat loneliness!

Back in February, the Coffee Shop team launched their very own ‘social table’ to encourage customers who visited and dined alone to make new friends in an environment that they already felt comfortable in. The idea is starting to take off and our Catering Manager, Jackie Newton will be sharing the concept with our favourite… Read More »

Perrywood sponsors St Helena Hospice Gardening Group

We are delighted to sponsor the St Helena Gardening Group by supplying tools and equipment for each session. Patients at the Hospice take part in a therapeutic six week group session that runs throughout the year and is especially of interest to those who enjoy gardening despite their life limiting conditions and symptoms. The group is led… Read More »

Staff visit to Colchester Hospital to donate fans and cake

Last week, the staff from our Coffee Shop donated six fans to the Acute Cardiac Ward at Colchester Hospital. The fans were purchased using money from tips that the Coffee Shop staff were given by customers this year. As well as the fans, the Perrywood staff handed round some delicious homemade cakes to the nurses, patients… Read More »

It’s competition time!

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.   THE WINNERS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE! We are giving away FIVE of our stylish new Perrywood ‘Bags for Life’ Our new juco bag is made from a smooth blend of jute and cotton, its design is inspired by the striking Calathea houseplant. It’s an ideal size for… Read More »

Expert bbq utensils from Tramontina – see the demo in-store!

An expert from Tramontina will be in-store this Saturday 2nd June (11am-3pm) to showcase their cutlery, carving sets and bbq utensils. They will be preparing steak and sausages for cooking on their bbq grill and demonstrating the best features of their products.     There will be 10% off the price of all Tramontina products… Read More »

Skydive team raise over £8,000 for Mid and North East Essex Mind!

Seven members of the Perrywood team – Holly Gibbs, Sally Carter, Kim Dekker, Selina Hammond, Catherine Nuckley, Tanya Gates and Arif Khan –  took on the ultimate charity challenge on Saturday 12th May by completing a tandem parachute jump from 13,000 feet to raise funds for Mid and North East Essex Mind.     Between… Read More »

Join us in August for a Marie Curie blooming great tea party!

Following on from last year’s fantastic event, we are once again hosting a blooming great tea party for Marie Curie in our Terrace Room on Thursday 16th August (3pm-4.30pm) – we hope you can join us!     Tickets are £15 per person – this includes tea or coffee, a selection of finger sandwiches, a fruit… Read More »

Royal Wedding competition

COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED We have gone all red, white and blue in Perrywood bedding plant area in preparation for the Royal Wedding next Saturday! To celebrate, we are giving a way a ‘one-off’ hanging basket worth £50. This large ‘one-off’ hanging basket will burst into colour this Summer with Perrywood Grown Red, White and… Read More »

Perrywood joins 2019 Club in support of the Cancer Centre Campaign

Perrywood is now a proud member of the 2019 Club. Launched by Colchester Hospital Charity, the 2019 Club is supporting the campaign to build a new Cancer Centre at Colchester General Hospital. The initiative is for business people across Colchester and Tendring who are able to donate or pledge to raise £2,019 or more before March… Read More »

Perrywood is a supporting sponsor for Forget Me Not

We are delighted to be a supporting sponsor for something beautiful this Summer in the grounds of Colchester’s historic castle – the St Helena Hospice Forget Me Not installation. This July, a number of limited edition ceramic forget-me-not flowers will be planted in the grounds of Castle Park. This stunning visual tribute is an opportunity… Read More »

Plant disease update from Perrywood

You may have heard about Xylella fastidiosa.  This is one of the most harmful bacterial plant diseases in the world.  It can cause severe losses in a wide range of plant hosts and there would be a massive impact on the plant trade across all business sectors in the event of an outbreak in the UK.   It… Read More »

Why not visit local open gardens for inspiration!

Did you know there are 87 home owners 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 £3.7m was raised across the UK in 2017. If you haven’t visited… Read More »

It’s competition time!

To celebrate the arrival of the new Monsoon Gather tableware in-store, we are giving away this stunning walnut serving board and set of four small bowls, worth £53! This new collection from Denby features soft, muted tones of grey, blue, pink and green. See in-store for the full range including plates, platters, bowls, mugs, coasters… Read More »

The Weber Grill Squad visit Perrywood!

A member of the Weber Grill Squad will be in-store on Friday 18th May and Friday 29th June (11am-3pm) to share their passion and expertise with you. Why not come and watch the chef in action and be inspired to cook new recipes at home! Demonstrations will be as follows: Friday 18th May (11am-3pm): Smoked organic… Read More »

It’s competition time!

COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.   THE WINNER HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED TODAY ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE! Win a Bistro Set worth £179! To celebrate the launch of this year’s Outdoor Living range we are giving away this fabulous table and 2 chair set from Ascalon. Why not make it your happy place to relax, have coffee with someone… Read More »

Perrywood staff rise to the fundraising challenge!

We are proud to be supporting Mid and North East Essex Mind as one of our charities of the year, for the second year running. Ten members of the Perrywood team are taking on some exciting challenges to raise money for this fantastic charity and Perrywood will be matching the amount they raise. A team… Read More »

Perrywood sponsors Easter holidays children’s trail at Marks Hall

This Easter, we are delighted to be sponsoring the Children’s Trail at Marks Hall in Coggeshall, Essex. If you haven’t visited before, Marks Hall Estate is a striking heritage landscape that extends to over 2,200 acres of Essex countryside.  At the heart of the estate, the Arboretum forms an unmissable attraction in Essex, combining beautiful formal… Read More »

It’s Easter competition time!

COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.   THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED TODAY ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE! Our #plant team have been busy this week planting up beautiful Easter Containers ready to brighten up your porch or patio! You could WIN a beautiful container worth £21.99 to bring a little bit of spring to your garden!   To… Read More »

2018 Easter opening times and Coffee Shop menu

Join us in-store this Easter and browse our extensive range of products for the home and garden. Our award winning plant area is heavily stocked with an abundance of plants and trees. Get busy in your garden! Easter opening times Good Friday (8.30am – 5pm) Saturday 31st March (8.30am – 5pm) Easter Sunday  CLOSED –… Read More »

Growing Communities competition – winners announced!

We are delighted to sponsor the Growing Communities Healthy Packed Lunch Plot Competition this year – we love introducing children to growing and tasting their own food, and hope to inspire some budding gardeners across Essex! All primary schools in Essex were invited to design a kitchen garden plot and create a recipe for a healthy… Read More »

We raised £1,605 at our Greenfingers charity quiz night!

We are delighted to have raised £1,605 for Greenfingers at our charity quiz night last Thursday. Greenfingers is a fantastic charity that create magical gardens for children’s hospices. Each year, the charity holds a Garden Re-Leaf Day when garden centres across the UK kick-start the gardening season and raise valuable funds and awareness for the… Read More »


We’re voluntarily recalling three glass jars, which we used for planting up as terrariums, due to a potential safety issue. We have had some reports of the glass unexpectedly breaking. We would like to ask customers to stop using the glass and we will issue a refund of £9.99. You can do this in two… Read More »

It’s competition time!

Our #houseplants team have been busy this week planting up beautiful Mothers Day Containers ready to give to your special person this Sunday 11 March 2018. You could WIN a beautiful container worth £19.99 to give to your mum this Mothers Day! To WIN all you need to do is to LIKE, SHARE and COMMENT on… Read More »

Details about Friday 2nd March Opening at Perrywood

Perrywood are currently open as usual.  We are monitoring the forecast closely and will update our website if these plans change due to further adverse weather.

Team member Zoe’s amazing charity challenge!

Last year, Zoe, our Houseplants team leader ran her first ever professional race, the Chester marathon, in memory of her grandmother, and raised £2,000 for St Helena Hospice. This year, Zoe has set herself an even bigger challenge – to complete EIGHTEEN half marathons, to raise money for Mid and North Essex Mind. Perrywood Garden… Read More »

Perrywood sponsors the Growing Communities competition

Has your school entered this competition? Deadline to register is this Friday 23rd February! We are delighted to be sponsoring the Growing Communities Healthy Packed Lunch Plot Competition this year. All primary schools in Essex are invited to take part in designing a healthy kitchen garden plot and also creating a recipe for a healthy… Read More »

It’s competition time!

We are celebrating #friendship this February as part of our #health and #happiness theme! We are giving you the chance to win a beautiful Phalaenopsis Moth Orchid  for you and your best friend worth £12.99 each. Plus…  TWO tickets to our Orchid Event  which is running in our #houseplants area Friday 16th and Saturday 17th February worth £5… Read More »

Perrywood Team WIN ‘Big’ at the National Garden Centre Awards

The whole team at Perrywood are today celebrating amazing successes at the National Garden Centre Association (GCA) Conference and Awards, the industry’s most prestigious event of the year for U.K. garden centres.   Placed 4th in the Garden Centre Association (GCA) league table of ‘top 100 UK garden centres’ Hosted by comedian Jo Caulfield, the Annual… Read More »

Win a Heritage bird feeder for your garden!

It’s competition time: win a Heritage Bird Feeder worth £29.99 As part of the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch running 27th, 28th and 29th January 2018, we are giving away this unique, fully functional, quirky, Post Box Bird Feeder – one of a range of beautiful Bird Feeders from the Heritage Collection just arrived in our Garden… Read More »

Come and meet our Orchid Expert, Dr Manos, here at Perrywood

Do you love Orchids as much as we do? We are very much looking forward to welcoming Dr Manos Kanellos, Orchid Expert, to give talks on ‘General Orchid Care at Home’ in our houseplants area on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th February! Tickets are only £5 per person, you can bring your own Orchid to… Read More »

Over £14,000 raised for our chosen charities in 2017!!

We are very proud to announce through great team work between our staff and customers, we raised this impressive amount for our charities last year, please read our press release below to find out more. ‘On Monday 15 January, Tiptree based Perrywood presented cheques totalling a value of over £14,000 to its chosen charities at… Read More »

Do something creative this January!

Are you starting the New Year with lots of creative ‘New Year Resolutions’?  We have the perfect solution if you have decided to learn a new craft – our houseplant Terrarium Workshops. About Terrariums The trend for terrariums is a growing phenomenon for both experienced and novice gardeners.  This “1960’s revived” indoor activity makes use of… Read More »

Spreading Christmas cheer across North Essex!

Our Christmas cheer campaign (now in our third year) has been another huge success and all planters have now been delivered to twenty deserving individuals in the local area. For some people, Christmas can be a lonely or emotional time, with painful reminders of lost ones or past events. In November and December, we asked… Read More »

Christmas Opening Hours

For those of you planning to visit us during Christmas and New Year, we are open as follows: Christmas Eve  Sunday 24th   10am-4pm Christmas Day  Monday 25th     CLOSED Boxing Day  Tuesday 26th      CLOSED Wednesday 27th   8.30am-5pm Thursday 28th   8.30am-5pm Friday 29th   8.30m-5pm Saturday 30th   8.30am-5pm Sunday 31st   10am-4pm New Year’s Day  Monday 1st … Read More »

Win a LillyPuds Christmas Pudding!

It’s competition time: win a LillyPuds Christmas Pudding worth £16.99! Why not delight your Christmas diners with a scrumptiously light and fruity LillyPuds Christmas Pudding! Say goodbye to dark, heavy, stodgy Christmas pudding and enjoy one of these lighter, fruitier and healthier ones from a small, family producer in East Anglia and now on sale in… Read More »

Real or Artificial? Which Christmas Tree will you choose this year?

It’s the time of year when Christmas trees go up, becoming the centrepiece of our family festivities. We will adorn their branches with twinkling lights and colourful baubles and place our lovingly wrapped gifts underneath. As such a focal point in our celebrations, getting the tree right is important. We have lots of Artificial varieties… Read More »

Enter our Skip Hop Competition!

It’s competition time: win a Skip Hop Deer or Bear Back Pack! The Skip Hop Zoo collection is a fun, colourful and durable range of accessories that every child will love – see in-store for the full range including back packs, lunch kits, melamine plates, cups, bottles and umbrellas – ideal stocking fillers! There are two prizes… Read More »

Plenty of fun and games at our Christmas Open Evening!

The Christmas spirit had certainly arrived at Perrywood last Thursday evening! We raised over £700 for Marie Curie and Mid and North Essex Mind, our two nominated charities for 2017. Perrywood is donating a further £300 to make a final total of £1,000! The Colchester Saxophone Quartet created a wonderful festive ambience with their seasonal… Read More »

Terrarium Workshop….a perfect present

Whether you are looking for a unique Christmas present or an unusual birthday gift, we think our Terrarium Workshops are a wonderful way to treat your family and friends. The trend for terrariums is a growing phenomenon, who wouldn’t want to show off their very own living piece of art.  Plus, creating a terrarium is… Read More »

Perrywood Terranium

40 challenges to raise money for the MIND charity

Our Communications & Business Development Manager, Hannah Powell, is turning 40 this month. She is going to complete 40 challenges in 2017 to raise money for one of our nominated charities, Mid & North Essex MIND. Any money she raises will be match funded by Perrywood and her target is £500 which will be doubled to… Read More »

The Coffee Shop are raising money for The Royal British Legion

We are delighted to welcome Vic and Margaret Wright to the Coffee Shop this morning.  Vic and Margaret have been working hard all year to make beautiful poppies to raise money for The Royal British Legion. The whole Coffee Shop team are wearing their handmade poppies with pride and have kindly donated £5 each from their tips… Read More »

A Christmas feast in the Coffee Shop!

Our talented Coffee Shop team have a feast planned for you this Christmas… Christmas dinners will be served from Sunday 26th November and then every Wednesday and Sunday up until and including Sunday 17th December. Our Christmas afternoon tea menu will be served from Thursday 16th November and throughout November and December. A selection of Christmas cake,… Read More »

Visit our Christmas shop for a magical experience!

Our ‘Lost in the Forest’ themed Christmas shop is now open and packed full of magical displays. This year, we have five different themes to inspire you when decorating your home and garden. Blazing Birch (red, white and green or red, white and blue): Frosty Oak (green, white, copper, soft gold): Misty Maple (white/snowy, silver and pale… Read More »

We are on a mission to green up local classrooms!

As part of our ‘Green up your home’ campaign, our houseplant team are on the road this week and next week, visiting eleven local primary schools and delivering over eighty houseplants to classrooms. It is well known that houseplants can be hugely beneficial to health – they boost concentration, improve air quality and reduce stress levels. As well as… Read More »

Perrywood wins GOLD twice at the GTN’s Greatest Awards 2017!

We are extremely proud to announce that Perrywood has won GOLD twice at the Garden Trade News’s Greatest Awards 2017 this week: Gold award for The Greatest Garden Centre Team 2017 Gold award for The Greatest Merchandising Team 2017 As well as these two gold awards, Perrywood also won gold awards for The Greatest Pot Wash… Read More »

Houseplants & cake with the South East Bloggers Club

On Thursday night Hannah (Communications & Business Development Manager) and Zoe (Houseplant expert and Team Leader) enjoyed a lovely evening at Layer Marney Tower with the South East Bloggers Club. They enjoyed talking to bloggers from Essex and further afield, and took along some houseplants, Thought Clothing, Katie Loxton bags and items from our Christmas Shop to show them. It was such a beautiful… Read More »

Over £1,000 raised for Mid and North Essex Mind at our quiz & curry night!

We are delighted to have raised £1,146 for Mid and North Essex Mind at our charity quiz & curry night on Thursday evening. Over 90 people joined us in our Coffee Shop and the money was raised from ticket sales and a fantastic raffle. Congratulations to ‘The Minders’ who took home the winner’s prizes after a close… Read More »

Our Houseplant Expert Zoe joins the IGCA Congress 2017 Youth Tour in Canada

We are very excited to announce that our Houseplant Expert Zoe has been selected to attend The International Garden Centre Association’s 2017 Congress hosted by the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Zoe was put forward for this amazing trip by Hannah, our Communications Manager, who says: “Zoe has grown and developed with… Read More »

Perrywood scoop GOLD for The Greatest Plant Retailing Team!

There are celebrations at Perrywood as our fantastic plant team are awarded GOLD for The Greatest Plant Retailing Team at the Garden Trade News Greatest Awards 2017. Trevor Pfeiffer, Managing Director, Garden Trade News commented: “Perrywood demonstrates excellence in all areas of plant retailing.  Excellent quality, dramatic displays, customer service and advice of a very high level.… Read More »

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