Come along to our end of season plant sale at our Ladeside Centre this Saturday and pick up some bargains!

Bring the kids and let them sponsor and paint their own bird box for just £5, including a spot of lunch.


Apple Picking Day at Springlands

Come along and pick your own apples from our Walled Garden Orchard at Springlands! A variety of delicious eating and cooking apples available from our established trees. Please bring along your own bag to fill (Apples charged at 40p a kilo). Tuesday 27th Sep – Thursday 29th Sep (11am-3pm)

Changes to the Ladeside Plant Centre opening hours

As we approach the end of the season it’s time for us to tweak the opening hours at the Ladeside.

Please note that we are now open Tuesday to Friday from 11am to 3pm and this will be the case until we close down for the winter on September 16th 2016.

Many thanks for your continued support – look out for our Christmas trees nearer the festive season too!

Our New Community Project – ‘Love the Lade’

‘Giraffe Social Enterprises’ are undertaking a new Community Project called ‘Love the Lade’ .
The ‘Lade’ is the historic town canal that runs from the River Almond onwards through Perth before eventually reaching the River Tay. It has been a cherished part of Perth for a long time but has fallen into a poor state in recent years due to neglect and littering.
Giraffe Social Enterprises have taken up the challenge of putting some Love back into the Lade and have chosen a stretch of the Lade from Highland House to the Dunkeld Road as a pilot project from now to end of September (The Provost is cutting the ribon on September 23rd 2016 and an event to celebrate a successfull project (hopefully) will be held at our People’s Farmfood Market and Garden Centre at Ladeside, St Catherine’s Road (behind ‘The Range’ retail store) .
 If all goes well, it is hoped the project will be continued with other stretches of the Lade being ‘Loved’ and improved after September and onwards with help and ownership of the project by the local community coming together.
We are asking the community, local social care agencies and their clients and any individuals who would like to get involved to come and join us (we need you!!! ☺) in the challenge of preserving the Lade, both aesthetically and by improving the wildlife through conservation tasks such as planting wildlife friendly plants and checking water quality is not being contaminated by pollution.
 There are many tasks needing done such as wildlife surveys, litter picking, painting, planting fruit trees & wildlife beneficial plants/flowers, checking water quality, photography and more.
Wildlife on the Lade has increased in recent years due to better water regulations. Kingfisher, Bank Voles and multitudes of other species are coming back. Even an Otter was spotted recently!!! It is going in the right direction but YOU can make a difference for the wildlife by taking part.
An Art project is also underway and local artists will soon be working on the walls along the Lade (watch this space!!!) .
Primary schools are also involved with creating ‘Memory Walls’ and bird boxes being painted and placed along the stretch. If you are linked to a school and would like it to be involved then please email: anthea@checkin-giraffe.uk
It is hoped that Perth will start to Love its Lade again and the path that is used daily for walking, cycling and commuting to and from work and town will become a pleasant place to be again.
Please help us achieve this and bring the community together while also making our town a better place for all.
If you would like to find out more or be involved then please email:

LOVE THE LADE – Community Action Day

‘Love the Lade’ is having its first Community Action Day on Tuesday 24th May at 1:00pm and we would love you to get involved!!!

We at ‘Giraffe Social Enterprises’ are coordinating an exciting Community Project to restore our Lade canal back to its former glory.

Our aim is to conserve the Lade by improving its biodiversity and at the same time making it a relaxing and pleasant place for the community to use daily as a place to walk, cycle, jog or feed the ducks.

If you could spare some time to help us plant wildlife friendly plants, remove graffiti, litter pick, conduct wildlife surveys, clean up the Lade or help with our community art project we would love hear from you.

Our first Community Action Day will take place on Tuesday 24th May from 1:00pm at our Giraffe Ladeside Plant Centre, St Catherines Road, Ladeside, PH1 5RY.

Coffee, Tea and biscuits will be supplied!!!

Be great to have you with us,

Free Healthy Cycle Group Rides

Giraffe Social Enterprises has a new bicycle health venture and you are invited to join us for free weekly group rides.

  • Free
  • Wednesdays and Thursdays at 1:30pm
  • Easy leisurely cycling on flat cycle paths in the local countryside
  • Accompanied by a friendly guide

Email to book free weekly rides: paul@checkin-giraffe.uk

Rides leave from Ladeside Plant Centre: St Catherines Road, Ladeside, (Behind ‘The Range’ retail shop and beside Raads Garage.

Charity Golf Match Above Par!

We’d like to thank everyone who came along to our golf competition last Sunday, raising over £500 for our cause!

The sun was shining and the course, donated to us for the day by Glenalmond College was looking fantastic. In the end there were only 3 points separating the top 3 teams which is a fantastic result.

Enjoying the sun after the match.

Enjoying the sun after the match.

One of our staff members, Paul, who went on later to name his team "The Bushwhackers"...

One of our staff members, Paul, who went on later to name his team “The Bushwhackers”…

The winning team of Paul, Ian, Graeme and John (plus Sam the caddy).

The winning team of Paul, Ian, Graeme and John (plus Sam the caddy).

Jennifer’s journey – 1000 miles on a bicycle

One of our amazing volunteers is riding 1000 miles on her bicycle to raise money for the Perth Cathedral Restoration Fund.

Jennifer Irving will be starting the fantastic journey on May 1st and is looking for as many donations as possible towards her cause. Please get behind her, hope for the wind to be at her back and throw some money into the pot!

We will be getting updates from Jennifer as she goes so check out our dedicated page to see where she is and how she’s getting on.