The idea of inviting a stranger into your home and garden may feel a bit daunting. There are things you can do to help find the right person and look after your own safety.
We recommend this process for finding help:
1. Ask for personal recommendations
Do your friends, neighbours or relatives know anyone they recommend? Word of mouth is often the best way to find someone trustworthy.
2. Look for positive reviews and trust marks
If you don’t have anyone who is personally recommended, there are lots of sources online to help find a gardener.
The Gardeners Guild - a national network for professionally qualified gardeners. Listed gardeners have at least one regulated horticultural qualification equal to Ofqual Level 2 Certificate or above
Checkatrade – allows you to view from a large selection of traders in your area.
Bark.com – asks a series of questions about what help you need and gives you a list of possible trade people in return.
Trustmark – a government endorsed quality scheme
You can search these websites for what you need, such as ‘landscape gardener’ or ‘gardener’.
On these sites you can see review scores for traders, as well as how many reviews they have. Online reviews are not a perfect way to make a decision. But, it is usually a good sign if a trader has a lot of positive feedback.
Some professionals will include specific training / accreditations. Some to look out for include:
- City & Guilds Qualified – UK vocational education courses.
- RHS qualifications (Level 1,2 or 3) – more likely for garden designers / landscape gardeners
Some other organisations have lists of reputable traders. You could try:
You may have had a leaflet through the door from someone offering their services. Do some checks before considering contacting them, like looking at their website if they have one and reading reviews online. If there is only a phone number or email address on the leaflet, we wouldn’t advise using them.
Don’t be tempted to get work done by people who come randomly knocking at your door offering services. They could be a rogue trader, or worse. Don’t let yourself be pressurised into making a snap decision for a ‘special price’ or discount. Politely say you’re not interested.