So I joined the ALCI [the association of landscape contractors of Ireland] instead! The basic difference between this and any other ‘association’ you might ask? Well, our gang is not just Irish, but more European.
The difference, I find, is piece of mind for clients and whilst certain tradesmen can get a bad reputation, that’s partly the reason the ALCI was introduced. In saying that you do get what you pay for and although members may differ in style, taste and specialisation regarding certain horticultural tasks – the standard is high.
Like any association however, what you take from it is up to you. There’s no nature walks or cake sales necessary – you simply manage your business as usual. However, personally from trade members to full members a comraderie is there to help when, how and should you need it.
Some perceive it as the elite of the landscaping world… and what’s so wrong with that. But that’s not so much the point; really it is a knowledge for clients that a contractor is of good a ethos, ethic and morals.