APL members are responsible for some the finest, most innovative and beautiful gardens being built. But what do you do when the landscapers have left and you have to look after the garden you have been left with?

For many, this consideration isn’t high on the list of priorities and when you come to choose you are faced with a huge listing, but absolutely no idea if they have the skill to look after your dream space. An APL Professional Gardener has to undergo an initial inspection, provide four references, prove they are appropriately insured and have been trading for a minimum of three years. The inspection looks at all aspects of their business including health and safety, legislative compliance and back-office procedures.

The Professional Gardener also has to undergo full garden inspections, where he or she will have to display knowledge in every aspect of garden maintenance including hedges, lawns, rose gardens, topiary and parterres. The inspections are conducted by industry experts ensuring that only the best and most competent gardeners are able to display the coveted APL logo and Trustmark Accreditation.

Gardeners have long been seen as unskilled labour, an APL Professional Gardener is proof that this statement is untrue.