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.
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What is it?
The Gardeners Guild is a professional trade network for qualified gardeners. Gardeners are accepted for membership on the basis of their professional qualifications. Once accepted, we also provide you with some practical services to help you grow your business.
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.
The Gardeners Guild LLP is a business incorporated in the UK since 2006. The Gardeners Guild is a privately owned commercial service and is not a member-owned campaign association or lobby group. It is not a consumer organisation and membership is primarily for the benefit of the member.
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, we aim to:
- Make it easy to find and identify qualified gardeners.
- Provide services that help minimise the disadvantages of self-employment.
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 for services that will be of direct benfit to them and their business.
The Gardeners Guild has hundreds of 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 at least 1 horticultural qualification at Level 2 Certificate 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).
Full membership is currently just £45 a year (plus £10 initial registration fee).
111 new member applications during 2018!
93% membership renewal rate during 2018!
Self-employment as a sole trader isn't easy - but working alone needn’t be lonely! Join our professional network of qualified gardeners.