NEWS AND UPDATES – December 2016 

Horticulture Week’s monthly column has been awarded Finalist in The Garden Media Guild’s Annual Awards held at The Savoy in London on November 24th 2016.

Sargent’s Solutions won the Dr Hessayon Columnist of the Year Award for the second time (2014 & 2016)


Following a very successful series of seminars titled

Looking To The Future – Developing a Consultancy Business

held in Petworth, Bristol and Milton Keynes during November

I decided to start a new Association for Accredited Consultants.

Accredited Consultants will be able to use the letters designate MPGCA, and be listed on The Register of Members.

A new logo has been designed for use on all documents including Accreditation Certificates.

For more details email

A new website will be launched on January 1st 2017

The next series of seminars in respect of the new Association have been arranged for January and February, both the introductory Looking To The Future – Developing a Consultancy Business but also

Business Development and Accreditation seminar/workshops

will be held in at least three locations.


I have been invited by Her Grace, The Duchess of Westminster to hold the Flagship seminar – Managing As A Head Gardener

At Eaton Hall, Eccleston, Chester on Saturday 18th February 2017.

The Professional Gardeners Guild has asked me to present the same seminar in Stirling, Scotland, sometime during the Spring.

More details later.

Email for more information.

Professional Gardener magazine (PGG Plublications)

The next edition (January 2017) features a lengthy article about becoming a Gardens Consultant, and will be of interest to anyone wishing to extend their career into retirement.

The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL)

Alan continues working with the Association acting as the Regional Vetting Officer for the South East. 2017 and will be busy year, with several new applications for membership in the pipeline, he will carry out re-vetting on a number of firms from Hampshire to Kent, Sussex to Essex.

It is very rewarding work, seeing the high standards of worksmanship carried out by skilled craftspeople!