One of the first women to attend university, founder member of the Soil Association, keen gardener and fruit grower, Perronelle was an incredible woman.
The middle of three daughters, Perronelle was a resolute, tough and determined woman taking all things that crossed her path in her stride. When the path wasn’t there she would find a way round it, pole vaulting the moat at Aspall to short cut her walk to play tennis. She managed to twice survive the Spanish flu epidemic in 1918 and became one of the first women to attend Reading University studying agriculture until the end of WW1 brought short her studies. She took over the running of the business in 1940 on the death of her father JB. Perronelle became a founder member of the Soil Association in 1946 and with her husband ran the business until the late sixties. Upon retirement Perronelle was a keen traveller visiting numerous countries such as Russia and Egypt as well as trekking in Kathmandu in her late seventies.