Nigel Bowcock is running the Brighton and London Marathons for us in 2015

What will you do to raise money for HortAid in 2015?

HortAid aims to raise as much money as possible to help horticulturists in need of Perennial’s support. In 2014, we raised more money than ever before to help those who require our services.

“Looking back we simply couldn’t have coped during that time without Perennial”

Kate, a Perennial client

Our “Go Green for HortAid” event in September 2014 raised more than £10,000 and will be back in the first two weeks of September 2015, bigger and even better.

But fundraising for HortAid can take place at any time of year – so whether you want to do something daring or daft, we want you to join us in raising money for Perennial to help us do even more.

Join in HortAid 2015

If you’re looking for a fundraising challenge then visit our ideas page, submit your event, and we’ll add you to our map and help promote your event and fundraising page. Help Perennial change lives.

Our work depends entirely on the generosity of the horticulture industry and the garden-loving public. In order to continue supporting horticulturists in crisis, we need your help in raising money.

HortAid is our umbrella campaign for all fundraising activity. So get your thinking caps on and let’s make our 2015 HortAid campaign the most spectacular and successful ever!

Perennial is often described as a ‘lifeline’ by the people we help. Your fundraising will make a real and lasting difference to lives.

What your fundraising will do

£25 pays for a new school uniform for the child of someone struggling to make ends meet

£50 will pay for a care alarm to be installed for an elderly or disabled client

£150 will pay for a TV licence for a client whose only companion is the TV

£200 pays for 10 sessions at a nursery for a baby whose parent is critically ill

£500 will help furnish a flat for someone who was previously homeless

£750 pays the removal fees for a client fleeing domestic violence

£1,000 will buy a new boiler for a family living without hot water or heating

How to get your money to us

Online – The easiest way to get your sponsorship money is by setting up a page via JustGiving (

Sponsor Form – You can also download our HortAid sponsor form, and get your friends and colleagues to support your fundraising. Don’t forget to make them tick the GiftAid box!

Text Message – The fastest way of sending us a donation is via your mobile phone:

Text one of the following messages to 70070:

HORT15 £1
HORT15 £2
HORT15 £3
HORT15 £4
HORT15 £5

HORT15 £10

Let us know what you’re up to

Don’t forget to tell us what you’re doing to raise £175 and send us photos and video of your event. You can share your story on our Facebook page, tweet about it on Twitter, or email

You can read about some of the people Perennial has helped here 

Need some inspiration in your fundraising for HortAid? Try one of our ideas below…

  • Hold a cake sale or a tea party in the office, or with your friends
  • Host a cocktail party – and dress to impress!
  • Wear green to work – and if that’s not unusual (given many horticulturists wear green) how about a green onesie, morphsuit, green pyjamas or even an Incredible Hulk costume for the day?!
  • Wear green makeup – nail polish, lipstick, complete with a green wig (or hair dye) – for the day
  • Get your colleagues involved and create a gunge tank at work – everyone pays for a vote and the one with the most gets the gunge! (Will the boss be gunged?)
  • Dare to go green in as funny a way as possible and nominate a friend to join you (use #daretogogreen on Twitter) –how many people can you join together to GO GREEN for HortAid…..


Or you can let the garden and the environment be your inspiration!

  • There’s a gym outside your window – get out in the garden and get fit in the process – why not ask friends and neighbours if they need a hand in their garden in exchange for a donation to Perennial?
  • Get recycling – you can donate your old mobile phones, inkjet cartridges and any unwanted jewellery to Perennial via Recycle 4 Charity and Recyling for Good Causes
  • Walk, run or cycle to work for a week – you can donate the money you save in transport costs to Perennial AND get sponsored by colleagues to boot!
  • Reuse your unwanted items – hold a bring and buy sale at work to raise money
  • Host an impromptu ‘Garden Open’ event with voluntary donations and tea and biscuits!
  • Get rid of your extra plants, fruit and veg by holding a plant sale outside your house – set up an honesty box with a sign about Perennial asking for donations
  • Save on fuel and carbon emissions for the day – use manual equipment instead of petrol power for the day and get sponsored for your efforts
  • Do you look after a green space? Could you arrange for a charity match to be played one evening? A great family event and brilliant fundraiser….
  • Hand car wash – charge for your efforts, or ask for a voluntary donation
  • Buy a Perennial 175 tree – it helps the environment and our clients

Whatever you do, don’t forget to tell us about it!

View our latest list of events for HortAid 2015!

15 JanuaryParty for Perennial
We started the year in fantastic style with more than 300 people attending the Party for Perennial, raising more than £20,000!

12 and 26 AprilOTT (One man, Two marathons, Two weeks)

Nigel Bowcock is running the Brighton and London Marathons for us in 2015

Nigel Bowcock, owner of Acre Landscapes Ltd and BALI board member is running two marathons in two weeks to raise money for Perennial.

  • Nigel is aiming to raise £5,000
  • Brighton Marathon (12 April)
  • London Marathon (26 April)
  • His company, Acre Landscapes, will match donations pound-for-pound up to the value of £5,000!

Sponsor Nigel on JustGiving: One man, two marathons in two weeks

18 AprilDirty Dozen Races

Join our Grubby Gardeners and get down and dirty for a fantastic mud run in Kent! It’s the second year they’ll be tackling the daunting 12K, 20 obstacle course in Paddock Wood. You do not need to be a fitness fiend to get round! Find out more by emailing our HortAid team, or send a Tweet to @gardening_greek!

2 MaySkydive for Perennial

Five intrepid thrill-seekers are leaping out of an aeroplane to raise money for Perennial! And two of our “Grubby Gardeners”, Michael Perry and David Lewis, are planning to mark World Naked Gardening Day at the same time…

  • Aim to raise more than £2,000
  • Team also includes Adele Ford, a double RHS Gold medal winning garden designer
  • Perennial’s Director of Marketing and Development Anita Bates also taking part

It’s not too late to sign up for the day, or to register your interest in a skydive at another time of year! Email our HortAid team for details.

22-23 MayIntegritas 3 Peaks Challenge

The Integritas 3 Peaks Challenge team, with Rachel de Thame at the Party for Perennial

A team of intrepid fundraisers from Integritas Landscapes are tackling the 3 Peaks Challenge for Perennial in the Spring! They will be climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, and Mount Snowdon, aiming to raise £10k. Get behind their fundraising and sponsor them:

JustGiving Page: Integritas Landscapes 3 Peaks Challenge

12 JulyBritish 10K London

  • Start time: 9.35am
  • Registration Fee: £25
  • Pledge to raise £175 in sponsorship

Create your JustGiving sponsorship page!

Fancy running along some of the most famous streets in the world, on an awe-inspiring route through central London? Join the Perennial team for the British 10K London and be part of one of Britain’s biggest mass-participation sporting events.

Find out more and book your place on the team by emailing our HortAid team.

1-14 September – Go Green for HortAid!

Our annual fundraising extravaganza, with people across the country going green and raising money for Perennial:

  • Will you wear green make-up, or don a green costume?
  • Will you walk, run or cycle to work for a fortnight?
  • Will you hold a green tea party for your friends and colleagues?
  • Will you recycle your unwanted mobile phones, or jewellery?
  • Will you hold a plant sale?
  • Will you dare to sit in a green gunge tank?

Our website will Go Green from late July with plenty of inspiration and stories to help you fundraise during the fortnight.

5 SeptemberSummer Nuts 2015

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Join the ‘Go Green’ team and take part in the ultimate muddy obstacle course! Set at Swires Farm in Dorking, the legendary Nuts Challenge course has more than 100 obstacles within the 7km course.

  • Registration Fee: £44.99
  • Pledge to raise £100 in sponsorship

Book Your Place Now!
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6 SeptemberLondon to Brighton Bike Ride

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Join our team of cyclists and tackle one of the UK’s most famous cycle routes!

Starting on Clapham Common, you’ll be making your way through Mitcham, Carshalton, Chipstead, Banstead, Haywards Heath and finally to Brighton having completed 54 miles!

  • Start time: 06:30 – 09:30
  • Registration fee: £40
  • Minimum sponsorship: £100

Book Your Place Now!
Create your JustGiving sponsorship page

HortAid event

Contact us and let us know what you're planning to do to raise money for Perennial's HortAid campaign.
  • If you have a JustGiving page, share the link with us and we'll help you promote it.

Paddock Wood, Kent

Dirty Dozen Races

WHEN: Saturday 18th April 2015

£65 if joining the Grubby Gardeners Team or £70 individual (TBC)

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Beccles, Suffolk

Skydive for Perennial

WHEN: Saturday 2 May, 08:30

A sponsored skydive to raise money for HortAid 2015

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British 10K London Run

WHEN: Sunday 12th July, 09:35

£25 registration fee (we ask runners to raise a minimum of £175 sponsorship)

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Dorking, Surrey

Summer Nuts Challenge

WHEN: Saturday 5th September, 12:00

£44.99 registration fee (minimum sponsorship: £100)

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London to Brighton

London to Brighton Bike Ride

WHEN: Sunday 6th September 2015 06:00 - 09:00

£40 (minimum sponsorship: £100)

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