Getting the most out of your Landscape Library

The Landscape Library is not an encyclopedia, with an A – Z capacity to research various topics.

It is produced as a magazine, with hundreds of articles, features, publications, templates, advice notes and cross-sectional drawings, placed under Sections that are deemed to be most relevant to the likely reader requirement.

This is not to imply that a particular item is of interest solely to a particular group of people.

 Articles placed under the Designers Section for example, may also be relevant to Contractors or Consultants, and has only been posted under that section as it is deemed most likely to appeal to, or affect those seeking advice on design matters. Similarly, some of the Consultant’s Section material may be of no immediate use to a Landscaper, but may be of great interest to the reader on a personal level.

Because the Library is continually expanding and growing in various ways, with more Writers joining the project producing articles on specialist subjects e.g. Gareth Wilson writing exclusively on construction techniques and methods, and Neville Stein offering management advice to companies of all disciplines, the intention is to continue creating a magazine style resource.

I suggest, that to get the maximum benefit from the Landscape Library, you start a bespoke book with blank pages, and as you read through the various sections and articles, make a note of where you found the information (by Section and Page title) and produce your own set of notes, using information that you feel is of specific and direct use to your business practice.

As your reference notes grow, and with new articles being added to the Library all the time, you will find the solutions to your questions formulated into your own private library of important information, produced as your personal bespoke reference document.

If there are any matters that you feel have not been covered in the Library, please let me know, and I will endeavour to help you via email. If the topic is of universal interest, an article will be produced and added to the magazine.

Each suggestion or proposal is couched in terms that the reader can relate to, as they are all based on the personal experience of the author.

TEMPLATES   Including Standard Terms and Conditions for Garden Designers, Landscape Contractors and Maintenance Contractors are unique to The Landscape Library.

The Landscape Contractors Ts & Cs are based on those used by The Association of Professional Landscapers (which were originally written by Alan Sargent, adapted over the years as required by current legislation)

The Designers Ts & Cs were written by Alan especially for Garden Designers at the request of many, and is now widely used by professional garden designers in many practices. Written to be fair, reasonable to both Parties, easy to understand and relate to, and above all, relevant!

Written especially for The Landscape Library, at the request of The APL for their new category of membership for Garden Maintenance Contractors, the set of Terms and Conditions describes not only the methodology that is recommended to keep control of management matters and the well running of domestic garden maintenance contracts, but also helps to build bridges between the customer and the contractor.

Also included under the heading of Templates, the Site Survey and Logistics Template is designed for garden designers and design and build landscape contractors, forming a bench mark for surveying and importantly, offering the practice an opportunity to charge a fee for the initial site visit by combining the interview and site survey as a preliminary professional operation.

I suggest you embrace these Templates and use them as the foundation for all future projects.


The Landscape Library Endorsers are simply that. They are not Advertisers. The Library does not seek outside funding or any commercial links in order to preserve the independence of content, whilst enjoying and celebrating the links with others in the industry, all businesses at the top of their game, happy to endorse each other without any thought of financial inducements.

When you click on any of the logos, you will link directly with the Endorser’s websites.


As part of your subscription, you are welcome and indeed, encouraged to ask for an article or for further information regarding any subject or situation that you feel has not been fully explored or written about.

You are welcome to contact Alan via email and pose any personal questions regarding your business practice (NOT matters involving Legal Advice) and receive a reply by email to help you to grow your business or overcome a problem if possible.


Please use it to the full!

Alan Sargent

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