About our network
Everything you need to know about membership is on these pages. Working online saves paper - keeping membership fees low and reducing our impact on the environment.
What is it?
The Gardeners Guild is a professional trade network for qualified gardeners. We provide our members with practical support to help them grow their business. The Gardeners Guild LLP is a business incorporated in the UK since 2006. The Gardeners Guild is a privately owned commercial service provider and is not a member-owned campaign association or lobby group.
A modern solution
Although ‘Guilds’ no longer exist we use the word ‘Guild’ in our trading name to reflect the historic nature of professional horticulture. Like the medieval ‘Guilds’ of old, our services help to:
- Minimise the disadvantages of self-employment.
- Arrange access to services that are not easily available or affordable to sole traders and small businesses.
This gives our members practical business support and a competitive advantage.
Membership of our network is popular with gardeners who:
- Don’t feel the need to be vetted because they are qualified and well established with regular customers.
- Like being part of a professional affinity group with a national brand but want to retain their full independence.
- Only want to pay towards services that they can benefit from directly.
The Gardeners Guild has over 500 active members nationwide. Based on the number of active, paid-up gardeners, this makes TGG one of the biggest affinity groups in professional horticulture.
'The best professional organisation representing garden maintenance gardeners is The Gardeners Guild' - The Royal Horticultural Society
Who is it for?
Specifically for self-employed gardeners and owner-operated small businesses who offer garden and grounds maintenance as part of their services.
Who can join?
Only gardeners with a horticultural qualification at the equivalent of Level 2 or above can join. Qualified gardeners have been trained and assessed in their chosen field of horticulture. Acceptable qualifications include licenses for specialist equipment such as chainsaws and pesticide application. Gardeners must send evidence of their qualification before being accepted as a member.
Whilst The Gardeners Guild is not a consumer organisation and membership is primarily for the benefit of the member, it is committed to pursue the interests of both its members and the consumer through careful membership selection and ongoing refining of its members.
Full membership is currently just £42 a year (plus £10 initial registration fee). Membership can compliment vetting schemes and other horticultural groups that don't offer as many member benefits or business services.
115 new member applications during 2016!
93% membership renewal rate during 2016!
Running a small business is hard when you are the worker and the manager - but working alone needn’t be lonely! Join our professional network of qualified gardeners.