The Trade Network For Qualified Gardeners

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About The Gardeners Guild

The Gardeners Guild is a professional trade network for qualified gardeners. We provide our members with practical services to help them grow their business. The Gardeners Guild LLP was established in 2006. Trade networks are common in other professional industries but The Gardeners Guild is the first in horticulture.

Gardeners are accepted for membership on the basis of their professional qualifications. The Gardeners Guild is not a consumer organisation and membership is primarily for the benefit of the member.

Finding a qualified electrician or plumber is easy - just look for the NIC EIC or Gas Safe logo. In a similar way, our national Member Register of Qualified Gardeners is the only directory of qualified gardeners in the UK.

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 at least 1 horticultural qualification at Level 2 or above can join. Qualified gardeners have been trained and assessed in their chosen field of horticulture. Gardeners must send evidence of their qualification before being accepted as a member. (There is higher entry criteria for Consultant Members).

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:

  1. Minimise the disadvantages of self-employment.
  2. Arrange access to services that are not easily available or affordable to sole traders and small businesses.

The Gardeners Guild has over 600 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

Member benefits include:

- Legal advice,
- Advertising,
- Professional recognition,
- Document templates,
- Discounts on useful business services (including affordable public liability insurance),
- Legislation updates,
- Professional community,
- Research: polls and surveys.

Wider benefits of membership:

- Membership identifies gardeners who have horticultural qualifications at level 2 or above.
- Qualified gardeners are easy to find in our national Member Register of Qualified Gardeners,
- An independent database where gardeners can be recommended impartially on the basis of their professional qualifications,
- Members must abide by our professional terms of membership,
- Members are kept up to date on legislation,
- Successful businesses contribute to a healthy industry,
- Consumers benefit from our research and specialist experience via our Consumer advice,
- We share consumer feedback with our members to help them progress.