We are now taking on new gardening clients.
This service is part of our Independent Living Service. We aim to provide general maintenance, doing the work in the garden that suits you.
For existing clients
Please get in touch with your gardener or ring us on 01908 557874 if you would like to restart the service in March 2019.
If you have not previously used our gardening service we will need to visit you at home to carry out an assessment. Please contact us on 01908 557874 to find out more about the service.
How much does it cost?
- We charge £17 per hour with a minimum charge of £17.
- In certain circumstances we have to charge VAT which means the cost will be £20.40 per hour. *We also provide a gardening service to some people aged under 60 years.
- We do not normally put up fencing but we may be able to tackle painting and repairs.
More about payments
- Most people pay in cash or by cheque at the time of the visit.
- We also offer a yearly maintenance payment plan via standing order.
- The number of hours gardening you can have depends on the size of your garden and how often you would like the service. Some people have just an hour a month, others choose to pay for a weekly service.
Keeping you safe
- All our gardeners are DBS checked. They are issued with personal ID cards which they carry with them at all times. Please ask to see their proof of identification - they will be happy to show it to you.
- You will be asked to complete several forms which will enable us to provide a quality service.
- If you are ever unsure about a member of our staff calling to visit you please ring 01908 550700 to check.
Please call the Independent Living Service on 01908 557874 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Someone needs to be there
Your Independent Living Service Assistant will arrive within 15 minutes either side of your scheduled appointment. They are only able to carry out work at a property when another person is present, usually the householder. If you are not able to be present throughout the Independent Living Assistant's visit please arrange for someone else to be there in your place.
Green bins, equipment, pesticides and lawn feeds
Our Independent Living Assistants use their own transport so may not be able to take away garden waste. If they are able to provide this service they will need to make a charge for their time. They can also use the green bin or paper sacks provided by Milton Keynes Council or they can use part of your garden as a compost area.
All our equipment is regularly PAT (portable appliance testing) tested. Your Independent Living Assistant will not use any electrical equipment that belongs to you. This does not apply to hand tools. Your Independent Living Assistant will need access to a 13 amp power point.
We can apply any product that will enhance your garden eg lawn feed, pesticides and composts, but we prefer not to use pesticides. If we use proprietary products they must be in their original container.
Pets in the garden
Please be considerate by clearing all pet mess from your garden before your Independent Living Assistant’s visit. They are not permitted to clear pet mess.
For the safety of all parties we ask you to keep your pets under control and away from the area where the Independent Living Assistant is working. This is particularly important when they are operating machinery.
Worried about the garden of a relative?
If you don't live near enough or are unable to help an older relative, or relatives, look after their garden why not arrange for Age UK Milton Keynes to do it on your behalf. We have found a practical solution for many people who do not live in Milton Keynes but who wish to support an elderly parent, for example.
Our Independent Living Assistant can visit on a regular basis, as arranged by you to suit the needs of the older person, and payment can be made by post or by standing order. Please ring us to discuss your requirements.
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Mr B had been a keen gardener but now had multiple health problems. His beautifully laid out garden was just untended. He thoroughly enjoyed our visits, working with us to get things looking as they had previously.
Our visits became an exchange of ideas about each area of the garden and the plants. He told us that before we came he kept his curtains drawn because he could not face the untidiness. After a couple of visits, he bought a patio set and often enjoyed a cup of tea sitting in the sunshine. And now Mr B sits outside chatting to the gardener as he works.
Mr J had become increasingly unable to cope with everyday life and his garden had become dangerous and a worry to him. It was also a local eyesore and a housing and an environmental health issue.
On our first visit it was obvious that for years nothing more than a cursory sweep by a lawn mower had ever been done at the front of the property, giving the impression that the home was neglected. Mr J said that was exactly how he felt.
The curtains were drawn and the back door and rear windows could not be opened. Virtually no light came into the rooms because of the plant growth. We spent a day, cutting, clearing and tidying, leaving the garden cleared with safe access to the rear gate and back lane. Mr J said before our work on his property it was like being in prison., now that was no longer true.