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Front of House

Current Vacancies

  • Tiptree: Saturday Chef (Part-time)

    We are looking for a Chef to join our team who is excited, passionate and has enthusiasm to learn and progress within this profession. Working within our busy fast paced kitchen, you will need to have a minimum of 2 years’ experience within a professional kitchen. Saturdays only.

    Deadline for Application: Friday 22nd November

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  • Tiptree: Coffee Shop - Front of House Assistant (Part-time)

    We are looking for an outgoing and motivated individual to join our busy team. Recent experience of working in hospitality within a counter, waitressing or barista role is preferred, although candidates with customer facing experience will be considered.

    If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact Rosalind at SVC recruitment agency, email tel. 01206 262117. For this job, please do not apply directly to Perrywood.

    Deadline for Application:  Friday 22nd November

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  • Tiptree: Kitchen Porter (Full-time)

    We are looking for a kitchen porter to join our award winning catering team. Our coffee shop seats 270 and is often full, meaning our kitchen porters play a vital role in the success of our business. We are a very busy restaurant and although experience is not essential it is desired. The right candidate must have drive, enthusiasm, motivation and be able to perform well under pressure.

    Deadline for Application:  Friday 22nd November

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  • Tiptree: Christmas Elf for Grotto (Part-time seasonal)

    Perrywood is looking for enthusiastic, friendly elves to help Santa, and his Chief Elf, to help make the grotto experience truly magical for visitors, both young and old, from the moment they enter the grotto. You will be required to work on Saturdays and Sundays throughout December as well as Monday-Friday in the week leading up to Christmas day. We are looking for outgoing, confident elves who enjoy working with children and truly embrace the excitement of Christmas. Elves must also work well as a team player and be passionate about helping to make the grotto experience special for customers.

    Please apply using the button below. All applications for this role will be shared with Voice Communications Ltd, who are managing our Grotto recruitment.

    Deadline for Application:  Friday 15th November

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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. 

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

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.


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  • Visual Merchandising
  • Retail Sales Assistant
  • Coffee Shop Chefs
  • Garden Centre Assistant
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  • Outdoor Plant area
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  • Our Rising Stars
  • One of our knowledgeable plant area team
  • Marie Curie staff talk
  • The Greatest Garden Centre Baking Team Bronze Award
  • The Greatest Pot Wash Team Gold Award
  • Coffee Shop team charity fundraising

Working at Perrywood 

We are a family owned business, Alan & Karin have run the business for over 30 years and now do this with their children Hannah, Simon and Tristan. We offer some really good benefits and our Tiptree store has been recognised for the work we do, nationally, regionally and within the garden centre industry:

  • UK’s Best Plant Area – (in the destination garden centre category) at the Garden Centre Association Awards 2018
  • Garden Centre of Excellence – 3rd in the Garden Centre Association (GCA) league table of ‘top 100 garden centres in the UK’
  • Best Destination Garden Centre in the North Thames Region – Garden Centre Association Regional Awards 2017
  • Gold award for The Greatest Garden Centre Team and The Greatest Merchandising Team – Garden Trade News Greatest Awards 2017
  • Gold Award for The Greatest Plant Retailing Team – Garden Trade News Greatest Awards 2017
  • The Barton Grange Trophy for Innovation and Creativity and Best Indoor Lifestyle Retailer – Garden Centre Association Regional Awards 2017
  • Bronze Award for The Greatest Garden Centre Baking Team and Gold Award for The Greatest Pot Wash Team – Garden Trade News, Greatest Catering Awards 2017
  • Best Destination Garden Centre in the Region for Christmas – Garden Centre Association Regional Christmas Awards, 2017

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

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. Watch this space for changes over the coming months, it’s an exciting time to join!