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Trade Network for Qualified Gardeners
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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.
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12/01/2018
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A big thank you to our members and others who helped raise funds for GreenFingers Charity during 2017! A total of £447 was raised via our Justgiving page. Learn more about this great charity at http://www.greenfingerscharity.org.uk/
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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%!
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We are just 29% off our fund raising target for our Charity of the Year! Greenfingers is a charity that creates green spaces for children in hospice care. Can you help? http://thegardenersguild.co.uk/the_gardeners_guild_charity_of_the_year.html
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Do you know anyone who would like to start a career in garden maintenance? Come and meet us www.landscapeshow.co.uk.
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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.
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Our thanks to Tudor Environmental (tudorenvironmental.co.uk) for donating a pair of Felco secateurs for our summer forum competition! Members are asked to comment on this question to enter: What is most important for you when buying equipment to do your job?
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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!
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15/05/2017
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The new Member Register went live today!

This has been a big project for us - lots of member feedback, planning, designing and administrative consequences (updates to renewal letters/procedures, application forms, database updates etc). So why do it?

Some reasons include:
1. Member feedback asked us to make changes
For example, the old results automatically displayed the nearest member and only gave a footnote to the 10 other nearest members. The nearest result may not always be the most appropriate. The new Register gives the 5 nearest members.

2. Mobile compatibility
This is important for a good user experience. It is also important because Google expects websites to be mobile compatible. All public facing pages of our website are now mobile compatible (as well as tablet and PC).

3. Growth
As membership grows, we want to ensure that all members receive new work enquiries. Adding filters helps to spread the enquiries.

4. Relevant work
Some members work locally. Some want to travel further because they have skills that are not in high demand locally. It is hoped that the filters will help members find specific work further afield. How? All members offer regular maintenance, but if you make a search for gardeners with ride on mowers the search area is widened because less members offer this. Members who have too much work can reduce the categories they are included in.

5. Consultants
The new register has a separate search tool for consultants.

Visit http://thegardenersguild.co.uk/Find%20a%20gardener.aspx to see it working
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Gardeners can now apply to be Consultant Members of The Gardeners Guild.

This is not designed to be a higher level of member - many members who could be consultants will choose not to be. Our priority is still Garden Maintenance.

Instead, the addition of Consultant membership is designed to:
- Help distinguish consultancy from advice.
- Give members confidence to offer standalone consultancy services.
- Give members another option when they want to reduce the amount of manual labour they offer.

The entry criteria is strict and we are not pursuing a high number of applicants. Our priority is simply to provide this option for members who want it or who want to work towards it in the future. It was also a logical step, other affinity groups (Arboricultural Association) have Contracting members and Consultant members - why should gardeners be any different?

More information: http://thegardenersguild.co.uk/membership.html
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