Published in September 2017, Alan’s latest book

Personal Observations – Employing a Head

Gardener or Gardens Manager

is a unique book, intended to disclose the Inner Workings of the process of engaging the right person for the job.

Copies of the new book, and others written by Alan (including The Head Gardeners Survival Manual and The Landscapers Survival Manual

are available from  and also on Amazon Kindle




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

At the time of writing, this has grown to over fifty PGCA Members, with others awaiting Accreditation.

Already widely accepted as being THE Bone Fide Specialist organisation, the PGCA is attracting comment and endorsement from around the UK, with enquiries for the services of Members and messages of encouragement from within the industry.

See for details



Alan has agreed to produce a lengthy article/book for members of the PGG, especially those who are either self-employed or are intending to become self-employed.

Originally intended to be ready for Christmas 2017, this has now been delayed by a couple of months due to work pressure.

Copies will only be available through the PGG.

Apologies to all for the delay!



It has been the busiest year yet for Court work, mainly arbitration and mediation, but an increasing number of Court cases.

Enquiries from as far afield as Scotland, Wales and Essex have meant a very busy time in the office and inspecting/visiting sites.

Unfortunately, the age-old problem of lack of communication and adequate documentation remain  the primary cause of difficulties



Alan continues working with the Association acting as Regional Vetting Officer for the South Thames area. 2017/18 promises to be a very busy time, with many companies applying to join or requiring Standard re-vetting.

It is very rewarding work, seeing the high standards or workmanship carried out by skilled people!



Working together with the APL, Alan is embarking on a series of Full Day seminars around the country starting on February 8th at Myerscough College in Preston. There are currently ten venues, and towns/regions will include PRESTON – PETWORTH – DIDCOT – COLCHESTER – CARDIFF- BRISTOL – KNARESBOROUGH – EXETER – NORTHUMBERLAND – & KENT


This is the greatest series of seminars – a campaign – to deal with the fraught subject of client problems, getting paid, dealing with disputes, ensuring accurate quotations, site product libraries – a host of vital information to advise and protect Landscape Contractors, Garden Designers and Garden Contractors, ever to be held in the UK.

All tickets across the country are set at £25.00 per place to ensure fairness to all. Entry will be Ticket Only, with no places sold on the door.

For more information and to reserve a place,


Go to this website and check under Books and Payments and click on

Taking Care of Business and pay via PayPal

Ticket numbers will vary from venue to venue, so please be clear in your choice, and email first to check availability.

Alan Sargent – December 2017