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rates of pay for professional gardeners

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loobs2 Fri 19-Jun-09 10:39:28

Anyone know the going hourly rate for a gardener? We desperately need help with ours - general cutting back and weeding - and I've just been quoted £17 an hour - yikes! shock

Pannacotta Fri 19-Jun-09 15:34:46

Depends where you are, we are in Norfolk and the rates vary from about £10-15 an hour.

weblette Fri 19-Jun-09 15:36:00

Round here we pay £12.50 - South Bucks

Paganluna Wed 22-Jul-09 14:53:21

I am qualified to NC level in Horticulture and having recently gone self-employed as a gardener. I am charging £15.00 per hour and £12.50 per hour for OAPs. Given I have to pay tax nad NI , not forgetting travel time and fuel costs, I don't think this rate is unreasonable.

happyschoolrun Sat 10-Oct-09 20:32:06

Hi,I pay a gardener for a whole day's work(8 hours), at £18 per hour, and that's not the most expensive around here in Sevenoaks!

PDR Wed 14-Oct-09 12:02:18

We pay £16/hr in rural Devon

MrsJohnDeere Wed 14-Oct-09 12:18:53

£10/hour in Hereford
£12/hour Herts

gabz Thu 17-Feb-11 22:17:26

I'm a gardener in South west London and I'm RHS trained, I also work at a plant nursery (Petersham Nurseries) and have worked for 3 years for my sister garden design and maintenance company before starting on my own. I charge £15 per hour for my gardening and this includes all duties... pruning, planting to power washing and i also have a lovely address book with tree surgeons and hard landscapers to hand!!

snice Thu 17-Feb-11 22:18:25

midlands £12.50 per hr

NancyDrewHadaClue Thu 17-Feb-11 22:20:08

£15 per hr Surrey.

Fiddledee Sat 19-Feb-11 08:22:32

gabz - what areas do you cover?

IreneHeron Sat 19-Feb-11 20:12:11

In London I charged between £15 and £20 ph. I'm RHS trained and have a qualification in garden design. I'm now in Scotland and charge £15.

PavlovtheCat Sat 19-Feb-11 20:15:35

£12 a hour or so in devon. or. my riend is not charging enough wink

MortaIWombat Sat 19-Feb-11 20:22:18

gabz pm me. I need someone to turn a wasteland into raised veg beds.
Oh, and to prune a huuuge pear tree.

And basically sort my life garden out. grin

mummypiggy Wed 23-Feb-11 15:28:29

Does anyone know of a good gardener local to Guildford area? Many thanks

gabz Mon 28-Feb-11 18:40:05

Hey, I cover west London: Ken and chelsea, Hammersmith, Chiswick richmond and Surrey boarders
You can contact me on my work email:

gardenmaker Mon 07-Mar-11 14:34:09

Hi - I cover your area. I am based near Farnham and have been a self-employed gardener for the past 10 years. My husband will shortly be joining me hence my interest in taking on new work.
I have been with a number of my customers since I started the business so references will be readily available.
I am RHS trained, knowledgeable about plants and passionate about creating beautiful gardens.
If you are still looking for a gardener I would love to hear from you -

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Mon 07-Mar-11 19:57:54

I today paid £18 an hour to a fully qualified gardener and designer in sarf London.

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borghild23 Sat 20-May-17 10:59:17

We were just ripped off and charged £180- for 2 1/2 hours work by two men. This works out at £36- an hour and we will not be using, nor recommending that Gardener again !

borghild23 Sat 20-May-17 11:07:18

We were just ripped off and charged £180- for 5 hours work. That works out at £36 pr hour. Never use people who say they charge by the work, not the hour and then only do part of the work. We paid but will not use, nor recommend this gardener.

Nanasueathome Sat 20-May-17 11:08:29

I have also been ripped off
Wanted a quote to tidy my garden and cut my lawn
It's not a huge garden
Was quoted £140....which seemed fair enough
2 men arrived, not the business owner, and spent less than an hour strumming and mowing the lawn
They also broke one of my grandsons garden toys but failed to mention that
Works out at £70 an hour...
Really need someone reliable. I had a gardener for over 5 years but he moved away and I have struggled ever since
Am Wolverhampton if anyone can recommend someone

vALKYRIE1 Sat 09-Jun-18 19:36:35

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MissCherryCakeyBun Sun 10-Jun-18 22:55:00

I'm looking for someone in the Yeovil area to help pull our garden into line we are buying a vacant possession house and the garden tho lovely is very wild and I need a days help getting it back. It's so hard when you're new to an area to find someone trustworthy confused

vALKYRIE1 Mon 11-Jun-18 10:06:28

Hi, I am so sorry but Yeovil is to far for me as I am based in Bristol. Sorry

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