*** 13 new member so far this year ***
31/01/2019 - TGG Business Training Workshop for Students!
TGG was pleased to work with Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST) today to provide a day of business consultancy to a class of Future Gardeners! BOST provide level 2 horticultural training on a course sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Gardeners. Over 15 students attended for a presentation that included cash flow forecasting (understanding business and personal income and expenditure), calculating fees, setting targets and budgets, building a pricing strategy, writing a business plan, marketing, diary planning plus a Q&A and presentation by TGG member Kate Cox! The purpose of the day was to help those who wanted to become self employed gardeners avoid many of the pitfalls of starting a new gardening business and smooth what can be a steep learning curve. Students were able to benefit from our member research (such as common questions asked by members, most popular advertising methods, average daily income targets and preferred months for a holiday) as well as our experience running TGG and forum discussion anecdotes. We look forward to working with them again where we could talk about legislation, H&S, essential equipment - the list goes on!
If you are an education professional and would be interested in hosting a workshop for your students please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
28/01/2019 - Thank you Stihl!
Our thanks to STIHL for providing 2 free tool maintenance training days for our members hosted by Writtle University College in January! Stihl treated members to training, lunch and some gifts! Members really appreciate these events. They give members confidence when using the tools, form part of their CPD and helps with H&S. Thank you!
09/01/2019 - How did we do during 2018?
- 111 new members,
- 93% renewal rate,
- A new high of 611 paying members!
10/11/2018 - Over 100 new member applications!
We have now received over 100 new member applications and the year is not yet finished! That is already more applications than we received last year and means that we are on target!
30/07/2018 - TGG recommended in The Sunday Times
Good to see qualified gardeners being recommended along with experienced gardeners in the national press! A well written and balanced article that will help people distinguish between professional gardeners and general labourers: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/how-to-hire-a-gardener-m56q0wgj5
09/07/2017 - TGG exhibiting at the South West Growers Show!
Come and meet us at the South West Growers Show on 3rd October where we will be exhibiting for the first time! This free event is a one-stop-shop for all the latest horticultural, landscaping, amenity and turfcare products! Equipment, innovations plus free workshops and seminars! Register for FREE at www.swgs.co.uk
02/07/2018 - RHS School Mentoring Project - TGG members invited to apply!
A great addition to the profile of any garden consultant, this opportunity will help build enthusiasm for horticulture among 12-14 year olds. The Green Plan It Challenge project begins with a launch event in September. Over the course of 10 weeks students will work with their mentor to research, plan and build a model showing ideas for an innovative or exciting new garden for their school or local community. Mentors will offer advice using their knowledge of plants and the horticultural industry to inspire students and challenge them to think about the purpose of their design. Student teams then present their designs, competing against other local schools to see who is crowned the regional winner!
02/07/2018 - Now over 610 members nationwide!
Membership is still exclusively for qualified, self employed gardeners and we have no free student member category or affiliate/supplier category of membership. Our focus on self employed maintenance gardeners helps to communicate the message that qualified gardeners are professional and successful contractors. Despite the snow and heat waves experienced over the past 6 months, renewal rates are slightly above target at 91% and website visitors are up by 15% compared to the same period in 2017.
21/05/2018 - Paid Consultancy with Ofqual
TGG members have today been invited to apply to take part in paid quality assessments of horticultural qualifications as part of Ofquals ongoing quality standards reviews. A great opportunity for members to use their expertise and practical experience both as gardeners, business owners and providers of customer services!
15/05/2018 - Watch Your Back!
Celebrity gardeners are getting behind a national campaign launching in May which is using humour to help fight melanoma. David Domoney, Adam Frost and David Stevens will all appear dressed up looking 'ridiculous' in a campaign urging us all to think twice about our sun protection habits. Watch Your Back!, launched in 2016 by the Melanoma Fund, specifically targets men over 50 who are the least likely to cover up, but are most likely to die from the effects of excessive sun exposure. The message is 'don't be ridiculous, remember sun protection when out in the garden this summer'.
For tips and advice on staying safe in the sun please visit: www.watchyourback.co.uk
11/04/2018 - Increase in entry criteria for Consultant Category
Further to the success of our Consultant Category of membership we are increasing the minimum entry criteria for consultants. Already requiring that Consultant applicants have qualifications AND experience, we had the highest entry criteria in the industry for gardeners. Now, based on the high quality of applications and research from our annual member census, we are increasing the minimum number of points scored from 15 to 17. This means that applicants at degree level will also need a minimum of 7 years professional experience to be considered for advertising under our Consultant category. Today we have also received an enquiry for 2 consultant members to act as experts at 3 exhibitions - fully paid with lunch and facilities included!
29/03/2018 - We now have over 570 active members!
At the end of quarter 1 member applications and renewals are all above target! We now have over 570 active members in the UK!
21/02/2018 - Tool maintenance training by Stihl - just for TGG
Our thanks to Stihl and Stihl trainer Steve Hall who provided a days tool maintenance instruction for our members. Stihl provided training, facilities, breakfast, lunch, branded gifts and demonstration equipment - all without charge and exclusively for TGG members. We cannot express enough gratitude to Stihl for recognising qualified gardeners as professional contractors who warrant this level of support. Instruction included understanding how different engines work (including animated videos and sample tools cut in half to reveal the inner workings), servicing tips, cleaning and sharpening techniques as well as useful products such as sharpening tools, Motomix, resin removers, greases and application tools. We were also able to use Stihl battery powered equipment with many members deciding to opt for battery tools when their petrol tools next need replacing. An impressive day and we look forward to future events with Stihl!
10/01/2018 - Professional Rose care training at David Austin
Our thanks to David Austin Roses for hosting a professional Rose care training day for our members! Great training from Michael Marriott and support from Richard and his team. Thoroughly recommended! Look out for their professional open days later in the year.
02/01/2018 - How did we do during 2017?
- 97 NEW member applications received during 2017!
- 91% of members renewed! (our target is 90%).
- Membership grew by 10%
02/01/2018 - Perennial are our 2018 Charity of the Year!
Each year we feature a horticultural charity to promote and help raise funds where possible. Perennial is the only charity dedicated to helping horticulturalists. Learn more.
02/01/2018 - £447 raised for GreenFingers Charity during 2017
Our thanks to TGG members and the public who supported our 2017 Charity of the Year with their kind donations! Learn more about GreenFingers who do such great work!
10/12/2017 - Improved Events Directory
We have updated our 2018 events directory with information about trade exhibitions, shows, talks, training, garden visits and many other opportunities for members to network, meet up and add to their professional development and general industry awareness. Know of a good event? Let us know about it and we will add the event details to our members area.
21/09/2017 - Another successful exhibition at Landscape 2017!
Our thanks to the organisers of Landscape held at Battersea Park for organising such a worthwhile event. Our thanks also to our members who came to visit us at our exhibit. See you next year! Below is a picture of our exhibit before doors opened to the public.
11/07/2017 - New Vehicle Stickers for members only
We have commissioned a set of new vehicle stickers to help members communicate their dedication to being professional traders. As well as showing off their qualified status by being a TGG member, members can also advertise that they are insured and licensed waste carriers. The 'Caution!' sticker shows understanding of Health and Safety implications when transporting fuels, oils, pesticides and fertilisers.
02/06/2017 - Summer forum competition!
Our thanks to Tudor Environmental for donating a pair of Felco secateurs as the prize for our summer forum competition. To enter, members just need to comment on this question: What is most important for you when buying equipment to do your job?
15/05/2017 - The Guardian
RatedPeople had a full page advert in the Guardian some weeks ago about finding professional traders. Who do they use to represent professional gardeners? A gardener wearing the TGG logo!
- Tighter entry criteria is now LIVE!
Acceptable level 2 qualifications for new members nolonger includes PA1 or CS30 or similar licenses that do not include training on plant care. Qualifications must be horticulturally relevant rather than just industry related.
25/04/2017 - New Consultant category of membership now LIVE!
To help distinguish consultancy from general advice we now have Contracting and Consulting categories of membership! This new category is design to support gardeners who offer this service and help them be found by clients who need unbiased advice.
25/04/2017 - The New TGG Member Register is now LIVE!
The new Member Register is mobile compatible, user friendly, has more options and should result in more work enquiries for members!
- TGG is now a Perennial Partner!
We're proud to support Perennial, the only charity who looks after all horticulturalists and their families, when times get tough.
- Now OVER 500 members!
The Gardeners Guild now has over 500 active members! Changes are being made to the Member Register to ensure that visitors can easily find a local qualified gardener and to ensure fair and equal opportunities for all members.
23/01/2017 - NEW TGG website launched!
Our new, mobile compatible, website is now live! The website is now easier to use on tablets and smart phones thanks to adaptive design, larger text and simplified code. Changes to the Member Register are also now in progress...
03/01/2017 - TGG Charity of the Year for 2017 - Greenfingers Charity!
Our 2017 Charity of the Year is Greenfingers Charity! Greenfingers Charity is dedicated to supporting the children who use hospices around the UK, along with their families, by creating beautiful, well-designed outdoor spaces for children to enjoy with family, friends and siblings, whether through play and fun, or therapeutic rest and relaxation.
01/01/2017 - 2016 Review
During 2016, 93% of members renewed their membership. We received 115 new member applications. This means that we grew by 21% and start 2017 with 489 active members! Other highlights include:
- New business and legal advice lines and over 1000 document templates added to member benefits.
- New partnership with AFH financial advisers (the same service offered to FSB members)
- Recognition by the RHS as the best place to find a gardener!
- TGG members Tom Stone, Miranda Munday and Graham Lawlor raising the majority of over £1100 for trade charity Perennial by running a sponsored 5K muddy assualt course achieving Perennials 'Golden Trowel' award for the highest amount raised for the event.
- It was our 10 year anniversary!
- TGG members were invited to be in the audience of the BBC's The One Show when they interviewed Monty Don.
- We have been busy investing in new office hardware, software, domain names, exhibition equipment and stationary for member packs.
For more information please visit our Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/thegardenersguild2017