The SGD launched two new template contracts for domestic garden works at the recent autumn conference.

The first a consultancy agreement for homeowners to appoint their garden designer and the second a construction and planting contract between client and contractor.

Designed to be used together they have been agreed by forums (JCLI) representing both designers and contractors. 

Based on the well respected JCT Home Owner contract for building works it’s not quite as hefty, thankfully, but a much more pertinent document for home owners, contractors and garden designers a like it address the relevant elements commonly found in an average garden development project.

It can be purchased from the SGD directly, though currently no electronic copies are available

Also launched was the revised Heather’s Specification 2011. I trained on an earlier version which is about as comprehensive as it gets when you are drawing up documents for tendering purposes. A revised version is most welcome and no doubt those involved in the updates are glad it’s done, a detailed and extensive task to complete! Initial communications are that an electronic copy will be available for about £25.

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