Perennial prepares for increase in demand

4237911144?profile=RESIZE_710xPerennial is the safety net for people in the horticulture industry and is here to help anyone working in, or retired from any job involving trees, plants, flowers or grass.

As the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continue to evolve for the horticulture industry, Perennial is urging anyone who is worried or has questions about how it will affect them, or their family, to get in touch.

The team’s clear message is ‘we’re in this together’ and wants everyone in the industry to know they are here to support you. Perennial’s helpline is operating as usual on 0800 093 8543 or visit www.perennial.org.uk for the latest updates.

Julia Hayne, director of services at Perennial, said: “We know people are worried; it’s only natural to be concerned about your own health, your ability to continue working and to support your family. We’re here to reassure, advise and help you through the coming weeks and months. We all need to work together on this.

"We are all facing unprecedented challenges as we adjust to new ways of working and Perennial is determined to remain available and active for everyone we help.”

Perennial has a range of support services online and its advisers are available by phone, email or video call free of charge and in complete confidence.

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John F replied to Charlie Manton's discussion Solo gardener - to work or not to work? (Covid-19)
"I wouldn't say its a massive overreaction Will . 
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John F replied to GaryRK's discussion Sting in the tail - self employment income scheme (Covid-19)
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"yes it's good that we can claim our ''Giro'' and still try to earn a bit. But am not counting my chickens until that free money is in the bank."
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Chris & Heather McAlpine replied to GaryRK's discussion Sting in the tail - self employment income scheme (Covid-19)
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Andrew Watts replied to Charlie Manton's discussion Solo gardener - to work or not to work? (Covid-19)
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Will replied to Charlie Manton's discussion Solo gardener - to work or not to work? (Covid-19)
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GaryRK replied to GaryRK's discussion Sting in the tail - self employment income scheme (Covid-19)
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