Visually everything was stunning.

My first time visiting here and what a lovely surprise. Plenty of parking to start with, loved the added touches of all the flowers around the parking were named. Staff friendly when walking in and only allowing a certain amount of people in. When inside greeted with an impressive Christmas display. What wowed me! Visually everything was stunning.

- November 2020

Excellent plants and helpful staff

Excellent plants and helpful staff. Restaurant and Café serve excellent food and drinks. Plenty of car parking and lots of hand sanitising stations throughout the Centre.

- October 2020

Plans in place

Easy to see why it has been voted one of the best 3 garden centres in the UK 2 years running. From the moment you arrive, covid plans are in place with people to guide you around the centre. Great selection of plants and other things you would expect to find at a garden centre. Whilst we didn’t use it on this occasion the café was busy. Tables clearly separated so you could remain 2 meters apart with 2 separate queues, one for pre booked and the other for walk ins. When it came to the tills, they were cleaned between every customer check out by the till operator who then used hand sanitizer themselves before calling you over.

- September 2020

Excellent garden centre

Excellent garden centre. Very safe well monitored to keep you safe and happy. Staff brilliant, knowledgeable, kind and very helpfull. Highly recommended a visit, or two! I shall definitely be going back.

- September 2020

Excellent selection of gifts

Lovely garden centre with excellent selection of gifts, plants and fantastic cafe where I was able to get Gluten free and dairy free sundae and other options..staff very friendly. Would highly recommend!

- August 2020

So much to see and buy

So much to see and buy here. A huge selection of home wares, toys, clothing and gifts and really well laid out too. An excellent selection of plants and gardening paraphernalia…Good value too. We like to visit for a browse as well as a buy!

- August 2020

Assistance on hand

First time since covid-19 lock-down. New one-way walk-through entrance (mostly under-cover); assistance on-hand to explain; sanitisers; reminders of guidance; face coverings please; slower but very secure visit to coffee shop, which is all table service now (even for cuppa and cake); and there is an additional cafe counter now, in (what was) the bedding plant greenhouse which opens an hour later at 10. As expected, Perrywood is doing it as it should.

HJ - August 2020

The best Garden Centre

The best garden centre I have been to, it is so big, an impressive array of cactus and succulents, prices good compared to some of the smaller centres. Don’t want to mention the C word but there were excellent measures in place for distancing and disinfecting etc, the team working there all super friendly and knowledgeable too.

DH - August 2020

Coffee Shop

Just had lunch on the first day back in the restaurant. Lovely lunch as usual. The whole system they now have in place for social distancing etc is very well organised, service was amazing. Well done girls.

PT - July 2020

First time back

First time back to the garden centre and restaurant since lock down. Really impressed with how the restaurant is working, very clean, observed appropriate social distancing and sanitising at every point. All the staff we spoke to were so friendly, welcoming and helpful. Thank you Perrywood, well worth a visit.

AN - July 2020

Our first trip

Our first trip to Perrywood this morning since the lock down and I can only say thank you for being so vigilant, well organised, well stocked, helpful and for the smiles from all the happy staff. Credit to all of you.

FS - July 2020

Warm welcome

Warm welcome at entrance outlining social distancing followed by hand sanitizer. Looking for particular BBQ which we found and had short wait for a staff member to collect from the warehouse who then apologised for the wait. Wanted a bistro set but because of the size of the BBQ box had to get this in my car first. Following a lot of huffing and puffing we managed to get it in. On re entering the centre received another warm welcome and had a short wait whilst bistro set collected from warehouse. Back to the car we had to remove the packing to fit this in. Approached staff in car park enquiring where I could deposit large box. “ Leave it on the trolley and I will put in the skip. That’s what I am here for”. Had dealings with several members of staff who were always polite and helpful, from the guys wiping down and issuing the trolley to the checkout staff… A very pleasurable experience . Highly recommend a visit

BF - June 2020

Just found Perrywood

I’ve just found Perrywood I have had probably the best customer experience today… Choice, knowledge, charming, professional.

JC - June 2020

Excellent Garden Centre

Excellent garden centre. Huge range of stock, all really well presented. Friendly and helpful staff too. Lovely cake and sausage roll from the makeshift cafe (in the car park due to Covid restrictions). Very nice indeed, will definitely return.

LC - June 2020

Very organised

Very organised, great choice of plants, plenty of help. Very enjoyable experience on my first time out. Plus takeaway food, so was able to get my favourite scones.


HB - June 2020

Fabulous range of garden items

Fab range of garden items, from plants, pots, tools and garden accessories. AND some lovely household goods, unusual styles that you don’t see in shops like Home Sense. To top it all, their coffee shop offers hot food, snacks, coffee and delicious cakes. I can’t wait for the coffee shop re-opens after lockdown.

PL - June 2020

First Visit

First class wonderful selection of plants no problem with social distancing all very professional. This was first visit will definitely visit again.

BE - June 2020

Plant therapy

I went there today & wanted to say a big well done to all the staff. Social distancing worked really well felt very safe. Most importantly got my plant therapy, thank you.

HP - May 2020

Compost drive-thru

Just wanted to say that I used your drive-through service yesterday for bark and shingle, and it was fantastic. Quick and easy, and the guys working there were friendly and helpful. Well done!

TH - May 2020

So lovely to be back

Well done Perrywood for my early morning shopping today. I felt I was going on a treasure hunt it was so lovely to be back. Everybody was so helpful and what a good idea for each person to have a trolley – it kept us all socially distant!

AW - May 2020

Well stocked nursery

A very well stocked and managed nursery. Good facilities and restaurant. The plant selection is good year-round and competitively priced.

GF - February 2020

Plant section beyond compare

One of the best Garden Centres I have ever visited. Great food, fantastic staff and the plant selection is beyond compare. It has been my favourite for many years now and never disappoints.

ST - February 2020

Worth a visit

Big garden centre with good choice of plants and flowers. The cafe has a good choice of food not forgetting the cakes. Worth a visit even if gardening is not your thing.

PC - February 2020

Friendly and Helpful

Have visited several times in the last few months and the staff are always friendly & helpful, the plants are healthy and well stocked (and competitively priced compared to the main chain garden centres) as well as the restaurant always serving great food whether it is a light lunch or a cooked meal – keep up the great standards and service !

MS - August 2019

It's my go-to Garden Centre

It’s my go-to Garden centre in the Colchester area. Excellent wheelchair access. Its well stocked with lots of variety and that’s just the garden items. There’s also a cafe, home & specialist food area along with large selection in drink & kitchen gear. Plus a small area with country clothing. You could easily lose 2-3 hours here.

AC - April 2019

Best Garden Centre in Essex

In my opinion it’s the best garden centre in Essex lovely household department fashion, everything you could need for the garden plus an amazing restaurant love it

JB - March 2019

Excellent Plants

Excellent plants, our fairly large garden is full of them, we have recently had a Garden Party and the compliments were outstanding. THANK YOU PERRYWOOD. Also above all every morning it gives me the greatest lift to start my day looking out on it.

DW - February 2019

I love this place

I love this place. If you like gardening this is the place to go. I particularly enjoy the food in their cafe. You could end up spending hours there!

BS - January 2019