Garden consultants body launches aims to treble members by spring

The Professional Garden Consultants Association (PGCA) has launched with fifteen members - a number its founder Alan Sargent expects to treble by Spring.

Alan Sargent: Image HW
Alan Sargent: Image HW

The PGCA brings together highly experienced and well qualified individuals to form an umbrella group for the previously disparate specialist industry, said Sargent who was the founder of the Association of Professional Landscapers.

Membership is granted to holders of meritorious awards including degrees and diplomas plus membership of existing professional associations such as The Chartered Institute of Horticulture, Professional Gardeners Guild, Society of Garden Designers and similar bodies who operate strict codes and vetting procedures.

Said Sargent: "The philosophy of the PGCA is ‘Integrity by Association’ and by maintaining strictly upheld high standards we will achieve that aim". 

PGCA members will have a minimum of ten years’ experience and be fully insured. Entry is obtained by attending a one day introductory seminar/workshop followed by a business development and accreditation seminar.

Added Sargent: "We launch with fifteen Members, with others pending. By Spring 2017 we will be aiming to treble that number."

Expained Sargent: "It is the intention of the PGCA that every organisation currently striving to contact a specialist consultant – solicitors working on planning or dispute cases, public societies dealing with requests from the public, estate owners seeking staff training, garden owners looking to find and appoint a new head gardener – the range and scope of potential commissions is without boundary – can now contact one organisation and find one or more expert."

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