5 Reasons to Use an Association of Professional Landscapers Contractor

The Association of Professional Landscapers is a network of independent, professional landscaping contractors who uphold the highest standards of workmanship and customer service.

If you employ a contractor who is part of the association, like we are, it means that contractor has a proven track record for quality landscaping services and a good reputation that customers can trust.

Here, we’ll be looking at the 5 reasons you should employ an APL member the next time you require professional landscaping.

Quality guaranteed

It isn’t easy to join the Association of Professional Landscapers – and rightly so. That’s because rigorous checks are made to ensure the contractor meets the requirements to be considered exceptional in their trade.

To join the APL, a contractor must:

  • Have been trading for over 2 years
  • Provide six separate, verified client references
  • Pass a site inspection focusing on health and safety
  • Pass a site inspection focusing on the highest standards of workmanship
  • Pass an office-based inspection

TrustMark affiliation

This thorough vetting process means the APL is the only landscaping trade body that has the backing of the TrustMark scheme. This scheme is a government-backed scheme for trade excellence. Members of the APL are automatically accepted under TrustMark as well as the APL.

Annual inspections

Accreditation doesn’t end there. Every member of the Association of Professional Landscapers is inspected annually. Standards can’t slip once the contractor is a member, as they will be flying the flag for the industry, and proudly at that.

The annual inspection follows an office-based and site-based inspection that can be carried out at any time.

Horticultural Trades Association

Joining the Association of Professional Landscapers means the contractor is also approved by the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA). The HTA has been innovating in the horticultural trades for over 100 years. Their services range from ensuring compliance with the latest recycling initiatives to getting the public involved with their Garden Giftcard scheme. We’re proud to be a garden business with ties to the HTA.

Dispute resolution facilities

We work our hardest to ensure each of our customers is satisfied with their landscaping services in every way. However, should you ever need to make a complaint, you can be confident it will be handled swiftly and fairly thanks to the Association of Professional Landscapers who provide an independent dispute resolution service, to ensure a satisfactory outcome.


Assured Landscapes is proud to be a registered member of The Association of Professional Landscapers. We’re also Trading Standards Surrey approved, TrustMark affiliated and logged with Checkatrade – so you can be sure that our brilliant workmanship and customer service hasn’t gone unnoticed! We offer landscaping, turfing, driveways, paving, fencing services and more throughout Sussex and Surrey. We also specialise in artificial grass and astroturf. For more information, don’t hesitate to contact us today.