Consultancy

Not everyone is born with green fingers…we certainly weren’t! If you are struggling with your garden or want to make some changes, then we can help with our supportive garden visits. Perhaps you need some knowledgeable advice but don’t need a full-time gardener. Or maybe you would like someone to teach you the gardening basics face-to-face…If so, we are here to help.



‘The Buzzaround’

£50/hr

If you need some good advice, we will join you in your garden for a friendly face-to-face consultation. We can discuss maintenance, planting and gardening for wildlife, and we are here to help if you need to identify unknown plants or want some pointers on how to garden organically. We can even get our hands dirty and teach you as we go. If you want to know the ins-and-outs of wildlife gardening or how to undertake practical tasks like splitting perennials, rose pruning or creating a ‘mini-meadow’, we can show you how with hands-on experience!

‘Buzzaround Plus’

£100/hr

The same as ‘The Buzzaround’ above but with notes! Everyone is different and if you would struggle to remember everything we say, don’t worry. After joining you in your own garden, we will write up everything we talked about and send it to you by email or post. If we are discussing a particular topic, we will point you to further information and the best books to buy if you want to deepen your knowledge. Of course, we will make a list of any plants we mention so you don’t have to wrangle with all the Latin names yourself!

What questions you ask are totally up to you. All you have to decide is how long you need and whether you would like us to take notes. And if you know someone else who would benefit, an hour or two’s consultation makes a fabulous birthday or Christmas gift!

‘The Bees Knees’

£500

‘The Bees Knees’ is a comprehensive report about the fundamentals of your garden, starting from the soil up. It is designed for gardeners that want to do the very best for wildlife and will give you a deeper knowledge of your garden by taking into account your specific conditions and connections to the local environment. Our reports are highly valuable as a starting point for new gardens or gardeners, or when dealing with maintenance gardeners, designers and landscapers who lack special expertise in organic and wildlife gardening.

Starting with a face-to-face visit, we will discuss any ideas or hopes you have for your garden. Then, taking into account the existing structure and planting, we will produce a report that will be sent to you both by email and as a printed copy that you can keep and refer to in future. The report is not a garden design. Rather it is a reference point for you to make the best decisions in the future, whatever you decide to do. However, we will certainly make suggestions about the types of planting to suit your conditions or the best placements of garden habitats like ponds, meadows and trees.

We will cover:

  • Your garden’s aspect.
  • Average rainfall and sun hours (comparison between nearest weather station vs national average).
  • Soil pH, texture, type, organic matter content and nutrient availability (Mg, K & P) with samples analysed at a specialist soil science laboratory (ISO 17025 Quality Assured).
  • Annual plans for applying organic soil amendments to deal with nutrient or pH imbalance (if necessary).
  • Local hydrology, typical habitats and natural soil fertility associated with your soil type.
  • Connectivity of your garden to local habitats and identification of species of special interest in the area.
  • Practical adaptations to support wildlife and associated maintenance schedules.
  • A discussion of possible planting schemes and new garden habitats.

If you want to book us in for a visit to your garden or would like to discuss anything further including paying for consultation as a gift, please get in touch.


FAQs

Can you teach me how to garden? Yes! We absolutely love teaching people about gardening and wildlife. We consider this part of our consultation service and charge hourly. You just need to decide if you would like us to write up notes for you afterwards too.

Where do you work? We work in and around Nottingham.

Do you undertake tree surveys, garden surveys relating to insurance and legal issues or ecological surveys? No. We are practicing horticulturists providing general advice for a garden context. For these issues and more, you should contact a relevant expert. You can find consultants on the Arboricultural Association website, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors or the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.