Alan will be trying to make it third time lucky at

The Garden Media Guilds Awards 2017

being held on Thursday 23rd November at the Savoy Hotel, London

with his column Sargent’s Solutions that appears monthly in

The Horticulture Week.


Having entered twice before, and graded as Finalist in 2014 and 2016, he is hoping to make the grade once again.

Also being entered is his latest book

Personal Observations – Employing A Head Gardener or Gardens Manager

which is being published in September 2017.

Written specifically for Owners and Directors of larger estates and properties,

this unique book is intended to disclose the Inner Workings of the process of engaging the right person for the job!

Copies of this new book, and others written by Alan (*Head Gardeners Survival Manual and *The Landscapers Survival Manual) are available from

(*also available on Amazon Kindle)


Following a very successful series of seminars entitled Looking To The Future – Developing a Consultancy Career, in January 2017 the new Association was born, starting out with fifteen accredited experts.

By May 1st, designated Press Launch Day, the PGCA numbers has risen to over forty, and at the time of writing is over fifty.

Already widely accepted as being a bone fide Specialist organisation, the PGCA is attracting comment and endorsement from around the UK, with enquires for the services of Members and messages of encouragement from within the industry.

See for more details


Alan continues working with the Association acting as the Regional Vetting Officer for the South East area. 2017/18 promises to be a very busy time, with over twenty companies to be re-vetted, and new businesses applying on a regular basis, it is very rewarding work, seeing the high standards of workmanship carried out by skilled people!


Alan has agreed to produce a lengthy article/book for the members of the PGG, especially those who are either self-employed or work as sole gardeners. This will be ready in time for Christmas 2017, copies of which will only be available from the Guild.



It has been an unusually busy year for Court work, mainly arbitration, but also joint and sole instructions. Cases as far afield as Swansea and Essex have meant a busy time in the office and visiting/inspecting sites.

Unfortunately, the age-old problem of lack of adequate documentation seems to be at the bottom of all of these cases!

Alan Sargent – September 2017