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Bristol and area group

sign up here if you're interested in sharing any aspect of work specific to the area, such as information on suppliers and local marketing opportunities.  Or perhaps pooling machinery, organising a group purchase discount.  And of course meet up.

Location: Bristol
Members: 27
Latest Activity: Aug 3

Discussion Forum

Waste management

Started by Mark Morris. Last reply by Ed Fairman Jun 7. 3 Replies

Hi guys,Just wandering how people are managing waste locally:Green wasteHardcoreWood/fencingMixed wasteAlso if using a disposal site, what it is costing people (charges/labour time) and how they are…Continue

Land for material storage

Started by Dave Bruton Jun 6. 0 Replies

Does anyone know of a place that I can rent to store materials in Bristol? Maybe some farmers land or other place that's not going to cost too much.My garage is far too full and I end up throwing…Continue

Clearance job is Hanham

Started by Seth Burgess. Last reply by Garden Doctor Chris Mar 24. 1 Reply

Anyone interested in it? About 100-150 foot long 30 foot wide around 100 feet is brambles the first 50 foot is roughish grass. The guy wants it turfed as well, said he had it cut down last year. As a…Continue

Stolen STIHL kit...

Started by Stephen Kennard. Last reply by Stephen Kennard Mar 17. 3 Replies

Hi all just a quick post, if anyone in the Bristol area is offered a STIHL KM-56, KM-55 engine head and two FS-KM Strimmer and Brushcutter attachment lets us know as some tosser broke into my van the…Continue

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Comment by Garden Doctor Chris on January 7, 2013 at 0:13

Welcome to the fledgling group Agust. We haven't quite reached critical mass!
I live and work in Bristol and occasionally get jobs in Saltford or Chew or Bath. Gardens and budgets are mostly fairly small here in the city but perhaps in the countryside that is not the case. Where are your customers?


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Comment by Benedict Simmons on January 28, 2013 at 20:47

Hi all, thought the Bristol area might have a few more members. I'm based in north somerset (Clevedon) you can't move for landscapers in this area. What is it like in your areas?

Ben


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Comment by Garden Doctor Chris on January 29, 2013 at 21:15
Hi Ben. Perhaps LJN just hasn't filtered through in these parts or else our local competitors/peers aren't realising the alum in the network.

There are plenty of unfamiliar outfits that keep appearing in Bristol, probably more concentrated in the city. I think it's a popular and relatively cheap and easy business start up for career changers. On the negative side for established landscapers/gardeners, it keeps prices down.
Still, I'd like to spread the word re LJN. I've just ordered my vehicle sticker! Here's a suggestion; when we've reached a modest half dozen local members we arrange a meet up. In the meantime we can Q and A each other via this forum.
Interested as a start in disclosing your a favourite suppliers?
For me: Fountain Timber and Keynsham Timber (friendly affordable small outfit, great for bespoke work), Castacrete (Failand) and Kellaway Bld Supplies, Bowland Stone (esp for their credits earned on purchases), Nailsea Patio maybe, jacksons Fencing (expensive)

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Comment by Benedict Simmons on January 31, 2013 at 16:34

Hi Chris,
I wouldn't say it is particualry cheap to set up but that will depend on what type of business you run, I myself do a broad spectrum of jobs form decking to tree work and paving. So I find myself with a decent array of tools.

I have also ordered my van sticker, I think it would be good to spread the professional attitude on LJN to other landscapers and have it become a mark of good quality workmanship.

Talking of suppliers- Fountain timber for wood. I haven't had good experiences with Castacrete (known locally as crumbercrete) not found it to be very good quality. I always use Nailsea patio supplies, I find them really helpful, great range of stock and a fair price and a good delivery service. Where do you get your tools from?


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Comment by Garden Doctor Chris on February 1, 2013 at 1:39

Hi Ben
I too offer the complete range of gardening, landscaping and arbor services and have built up a sizeable stock of tools but a start up gardener needn't spend much on a barrow and collection of pruning handtools and digging tools.

I get tools from many places though feel I should get some of them online.

I bought Makita drills from Bell Tools on Gloucester Rd near Southmead hospital (highly recommended) and other electric tools from Pan Tools Bishopston. Chainsaws/ multi-tools from George Carrs, Bedminster due to convenience, not price.
long ago odds and sodds from a random auction. The odd second hand thing through Trade-It / eBay, everyday inexpensive tools (trowels, spades) from Kellaway Bld Supplies, Selco etc. Barrows from Travis.
My best long handled stainless spade from Lidl !!


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Comment by Benedict Simmons on February 1, 2013 at 9:26

To true, I see quite a few (gardeners) driving round in a old estate car and tried trailer, I wonder how they can offer some of the hard landscaping jobs they have listed in the magnetic sign on the side of it?!

I have bought mainly Makita power tools (impact driver is never far away on a decking job). Got mine from screwfix. Makita offer very good direct customer service. I haven't used Pan tools but have been told they are a bit on the pricey side? I get my Stihl from one of the 3 dealers i have within 20 min of my workshop.

Changing the subject, what truck/car/van do you run? I have a lwb Vivaro, hold all my tools and you can just shut the doors and lock it when you need to.


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Comment by Benedict Simmons on February 19, 2013 at 8:24

Hi All, are you planning on attending the Bristol meet up?


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Comment by Dave Bruton on February 19, 2013 at 19:59

Hello Chris, Benedict and Agust. Just recently joined LJN. I've been landscaping for about eight years and after a couple winters travelling abroad I decided to start my own thing last year. Just now starting to get a steady stream of work (fingers crossed). Loving running my own business and looking forward to reaping the rewards of all the hard work that is involved. Stil driving a beat up estate car (you have to start somewhere!) but hoping to upgrade if the work keeps coming in. When is the meet up planned for?


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Comment by Phil Voice on February 19, 2013 at 20:13

The more the merrier:)


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Comment by Garden Doctor Chris on February 19, 2013 at 22:57
LJN meet up on March the 12th at Marriott Hotel. Time?
I've already started contacting local LJN members (though I suspect many will have seen Phil's notifications)

I'm also going to try to encourage non LJN gardeners/ landscapers in the region to consider joining LJN. Please others do the same.

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