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1. Full Membership

Full Membership gives access to all services provided by The Gardeners Guild, inclusion in the national Member Register of Qualified Gardeners and allows use of the member logo.

Affordable

Membership is £45 a year.
There is an initial processing fee of £10 for new applicants (includes 1 vehicle sticker).Total cost in year 1 is £55.
Additional stickers are just £3.50 each. Size: 175mm x 185mm.
The Gardeners Guild is not currently registered for VAT.
1 application gives 1 entry in the Member Register.
Fees and subscriptions to professional bodies are allowable against UK Income Tax.
Membership is renewable annually.

Minimum Acceptance criteria - (Full Member)

To be accepted as a member a gardener must meet the following minimum criteria:

a. Be self-employed and the proprietor of the business they trade as or a Partner/Director of that business and;
b. Be at least 18 years old.
c. Provide garden maintenance as part of their services and;
d. Be primarily dedicated to horticulture or a trade related to horticulture and;
e. Have at least one recognised horticultural qualification at 'Level 2 Certificate' or above.

Applicants must send evidence for all of the qualifications that they claim to have with their application form. Incomplete applications will be returned.

Membership is for individuals who meet the entry criteria and who are responsible for the activities of the business they trade under.

If you are unsure please contact us.

Application Form
-Full Member

Click on the icon below to view and print a copy of the application form for Full Membership.

PDF - Application form

Once the application is completed, you can either post it to us or scan and email it to us.



2. Consultant Member

Consultancy is a logical step for experienced gardeners who want to make good use of their knowledge and be less dependent on contract labour for their income.

Consultancy is not another way for you to find garden maintenance work although you may also offer garden maintenance. Consultancy is a different service to garden maintenance. Consultant membership is for gardeners who are prepared to charge for their advice only and who do not expect to be the gardener who also does the manual work. Consultant members will be expected to have Professional Indemnity Insurance.

Consultant members receive all the benefits of Full Membership plus:
- Additional entry criteria for extra customer confidence
- The right to describe yourself as a Consultant Member of The Gardeners Guild (shorted to CMTGG)
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Entry in the Member Register as a Consultant Member (in addition to an entry as a Full Contracting Member*)

* Consultant members do not have to be listed as Contractors but there is no discount if you choose to be excluded from that part of the Member Register.

Affordable

Membership is still just £45 a year.
There is also an initial processing fee of £10 for new members (includes 1 vehicle sticker). Total cost in year 1 is £55.
Additional member stickers are just £3.50 each. Size: 175mm x 185mm.
The Gardeners Guild is not currently registered for VAT.
1 application gives 1 entry in the member register.
Fees and subscriptions to professional bodies are allowable against UK Income Tax.
Membership is renewable annually.

Minimum Acceptance criteria - (Consultant Member)

Consultant Membership requires a combination of formal training and experience.

To be accepted as a Consultant Member a gardener must meet the following minimum criteria:

a. Be self-employed and the proprietor of the business they trade as or a Partner/Director of that business and;
b. Be at least 18 years old.
c. Provide garden maintenance and/or garden maintenance advice as part of their services and;
d. Be primarily dedicated to horticulture or a trade related to horticulture and;
e. Qualify for 17 or more points via a combination of experience AND at least one horticultural qualification as follows:
Qualifications;
- Horticultural HND, Foundation Degree, Bachelors Degree, Botanic Garden Diploma, RHS Masters or higher: max 10 points
- Horticultural HNC, Level 4 Horticultural Certificate, RHS Diploma Level 3: 9 points

- Level 3 Horticultural Certificate e.g. NDH, RHS Diploma Level 2, RHS Advanced Certificate, Edexcel NCH, Level 4 'Award': 7 points
- Level 2 Horticultural Certificate qualification e.g. City & Guilds, NCH, RHS Certificate, Level 3 'Award': 5 points
Experience;
- For each year of experience as a self-employed or employed horticulturalist:
1 point

Members can choose to be included in all or some of the 4 default consultancy categories which are:
- General advice, research and reports,
- Training and demonstrations,
- Maintenance schedules and Garden Management,
- Public speaking/presenting/Guest Q&A/Garden tours

As a consultant, it is expected that you will have good general knowledge and one or two specialist areas of expertise. You will only be included in other specialist consultancy categories if you can provide verifiable evidence of your relevant qualifications and/or experience for those specialist categories.

A separate specialist category will be added for free if the applicant can prove that they have relevant, verifiable experience or specific qualification e.g design, victorian gardens, invasive species etc. Creation of, or your inclusion in, a category is not guaranteed and will be at the sole discretion of The Gardeners Guild based on the evidence you have provided.

Consultant Membership is for individuals who meet the entry criteria and who are responsible for the activities of the business they trade under. The standard of individual applicants is very high. As a result, there is no option for a corporate or practice application. You cannot use the combined experience and qualifications of yourself and your colleagues to gain inclusion in specialist categories.

Points will be awarded based on the highest qualification submitted. Qualifications are not cumulative but bonus points may be applied at our discretion for different additional horticultural qualifications or relevant experience.

Applicants must send evidence for all qualifications and experience you claim to have. If you rely on references to prove experience, you must have consent from the referee for us to contact them and you must provide us with their contact details.

If you are unsure please contact us.

Application Form -Consultant Member

PDF - Application form

Once the application is completed, you can either post it to us or scan and email it to us. Copies of all of your qualifications should be sent in with your application.