Perennial offers home for rent within community housing

Company: Perennial
  • Nicholas Barton Cottages

Perennial, the charity for people in horticulture, is offering a home for rent within its community housing for retired horticulturists near Cambridge.

The vacant one-bed bungalow is one of six properties owned and managed by the charity as part of its scheme for independent living for those aged 60 or over.

Situated in the village of Barton, the accommodation is newly remodelled to a high standard with both an individual and communal garden, and proximity to local amenities.

Julia Hayne, Director of Services at Perennial says: “We help people working in horticulture find housing at all stages of life whether renting, looking to buy or needing options in retirement. While people often like to remain in their own homes or find housing near their friends and families, our community housing is perfect for someone who’d like to live with like-minded folk. These bungalows are like gold dust. If you’re looking for a fresh start in a lovely little community and meet our housing criteria, please get in touch.”

Nicholas spent his whole working life in the industry with accommodation provided by his employers. He feared where he might end up living once retired and was pleasantly surprised to find his future home in one of Perennial’s retirement bungalows. He says: “Every resident has a garden around their bungalow for our treasured plants and there are also communal grounds tended by contractors - a great relief to me at hedge cutting time! Five years on I still open my curtains and look over the gardens and feel it’s like being on holiday, which is surely what retirement should be. But I think the most comforting feeling is that I’m nestled under the protection of the Perennial umbrella with help and advice only a phone call away.”

Perennial’s community housing is for anyone (or partners of anyone) who is approaching retirement or is retired from the horticulture sector in the UK. This includes gardeners, nursery owners and workers, garden designers, landscapers, arborists, foresters, garden centre staff, commercial growers, turf maintenance specialists and many more.

To apply for Perennial housing visit

Or call the Perennial helpline on 0800 093 8543 to request an application form via post.

About Perennial
Plants are great listeners, but sometimes people need more than that. That’s where we come in as the charity helping people in horticulture. We’re there for our horticultural family of growers, designers, gardeners, landscapers and ground staff. We know that for all the wellbeing benefits that come with working in green spaces, life's not all a bed of roses. We all need tending to from time to time and there are lots of ways that we can help.

Please support us in building better futures for people in horticulture and their families. We can provide free help and support and have a network of caseworkers and debt advisers across the UK. Whether it's for personal, health related reasons, following an accident, support for your family, or general money matters we're always at the end of the phone at 0800 093 8543 or online at

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