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Ed's Garden Services

The Ed's Garden Services Team... well, 80% of us!

Today Ed's Garden Services is the UK's largest garden maintenace franchise business with over 35 Operators growing their successful garden maintenace businesses.
Ed's is proudly a wholly British company and a full member of the British Franchise Association (BFA) which sets ethical standards in Franchising. Ed himself is also a Qualified Franchise Professional.

Meet some of the team.

We all run our own Ed's Garden Services Business.

Changing landscapes

Simon / East Grinstead

I'm now into my seventh year as an Ed's Operator. My business is unrecognisable - it has gone from strength to strength. I can honestly say that I love my job. I still get a kick out of delivering the gardening services and my business' strong financial performance lets me have the lifestyle I want..

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I fullfilled my ambition

Sarah / Wimbledon

Sarah ran her business from January 2007 to 2012, and successfully grew her business into a multi employee and vehicle business. This was her profile before selling her business on. "Starting with Ed's was a wonderful opportunity to break into a competitive industry and take control of my earning..

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A second career outdoors

John / Christchurch

Since joining Ed's I've moved my Ed's business twice to suit my personal circumstances. Ed's systems and the Office team have supported me so well through my moves. I'm now running my Ed's business in Christchurch and I'm just as happy and motivated as I was when I started almost seven years ago. ..

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A new life at forty

Steve / Hersham

Well, here I am coming up to my 10th anniversary as an Ed's Operator. My business and my children have certainly grown a lot but one thing stays the same - I still love cricket and, with Ed's, I've had the freedom to develop my youth cricket coaching in parallel with growing my Ed's business. I've r..

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Better than going it alone

Lucy / Teddington

Lucy decided to sell her Ed's business and follow her dream to move to Bali for a while. She had a great time there but decided to move back to the UK after a couple of years. She then bought another established Ed's business and added value to that. She sold that business and has now gone off to pu..

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Grasping the nettle

Steve / Ascot

Well here I am, four years down the line! Being part of Ed's has been a real personal growth journey for me. I can't quite believe how much I have developed in confidence, never mind skills. It was as if, when I took on the responsibility of running my own Ed's business, I developed the confidence ..

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20% return on investment

Zoran / Chelsea (London)

I recently acquired an established garden maintenance business from an existing Ed's Operator, who had spent five years growing a successful business and wanted to cash it in and do something different. I have a background in the service sector and wanted to buy my own business to run. I wasn't too ..

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Business in winter

Clive / Hampton

I've recently celebrated my 10th anniversary as an Ed's Operator. I was asked how I wanted to celebrate and I chose to just have a low-key night at the pub with Ed. I'm not one for a lot of fuss. We had a good time reminiscing about the early days and talking about how far we've come as a business, ..

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Up and running fast

Guy / Maidenhead West

I've now been with Ed's eight years. Life has changed a lot since then. I've got married (Ed was at the wedding!), my wife and I have had two children, who one minute were babies and the next were going to school. We've also moved house a couple of times. All very exciting, albeit expensive. It is ..

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Prosperity after redundancy

Tim / Worcester Park

Having built up a sizeable and successful business, Tim recently decided to hang up his gardening gloves and sold his business on. Tim had been with Ed's almost ten years and when the opportunity arose to sell, he decided it was too good an opportunity to miss. Anita, our Ed's Operator in Wimbledo..

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Escape from office

Michael / Petersfield

A little initiative pays off a lot. After being made redundant twice from jobs in the city I'd had enough of office life. I started my Ed's Garden Maintenance franchise in 2009. My office skills have proved transferable - part of the job is having a good rapport with people and cross selling to g..

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Perennial work

Nick / Brighton

My Ed's business continues to flourish and I still love making my customers really happy. I'm in the very fortunate position of having a really well-calibrated performing business with some great staff to help me get the work delivered to my high standards. I make sure I take time to pursue my love ..

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Being independent

Rodney / Wimbledon

Five years ago, I moved from South Africa where I cultivated two acres. Now I am back outdoors. After working as a carpenter and handyman in the UK, I found the Ed's Garden Services franchise. I worried about the amount of work, but I have plenty of referrals from current customers and new leads ..

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Getting the lifestyle right

Lindsay / Bridgwater

I'm pleased to be part of the Ed's team. All of us Ed's operators are motivated and dedicated to success and delighted by our healthier lifestyles. When I decided to leave corporate life I researched several franchises. I was impressed with the support, training and advice provided by Ed's at a r..

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A good living

Hedley / Camberley

I wanted to work outdoors when I arrived in the UK as I'd been a farmer in Zimbabwe. An Ed's Garden Services franchise was ideal because it helped get my business running even though I had no local contacts. The marketing help and pipeline of initial work was invaluable, and I built up 40 regular c..

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My gardening business

Jon / Teddington

After living abroad and running a ski hotel I started looking for a business opportunity that fitted my lifestyle, I wanted to be outside and not tied to one place. I started with Ed's Garden Maintenance in September last year. Within two weeks of signing up I was out on the road and in the first we..

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Scaling up

Anita / Wimbledon

I've been an Ed's Operator for many years and I've built up a sizeable business in the Wimbledon area. When the opportunity arose to invest in an established Ed's business in Worcester Park, I jumped at the chance. I understand the value of the Ed's business model and brand and know we can add even ..

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Living the dream

James / London (North)

My decision to join Ed's was really a lifestyle choice – a healthy outdoors life and the flexibility of running my own business really appealed to me. I resigned myself to the fact that I would probably earn less money but that it would be worth it for the lifestyle. However the reality has been s..

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Escape from the office

Marcus / Wokingham

I joined Ed's because I wanted to take control of my life and get outdoors. I was attracted to running a gardening business because it was something I enjoyed and knew a bit about. I was also comfortable with the scale of the investment to join Eds. I've now got out of the office and am building a s..

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More than hot air

Matthew / Maidstone

Before joining Ed's I worked as a telecommunications engineer. After taking voluntary severance I knew I wanted to run a gardening business as gardening had always been a passion of mine. I initially thought I would go it alone and stumbled over Ed’s whilst doing some research. Having a communica..

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I'm the boss

Ivo / Raynes Park

I was working as an employee in my Eds business when the operator decided he wanted to do something else. It was a great opportunity for me to take over the business. I already knew the work and the customers; I just had to learn how to actually run the business. I took over the reins in August 2011..

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New horizons

Paul / Bristol

We moved out of London to the West County and I had to either find a job or start up my own business. I knew my preference was to be my own boss. I had done a bit of gardening before and enjoyed it. I also found the franchising route appealing. I compared several gardening franchises and Ed's was..

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Recruitment to rotavating

Louis / Epsom

After 28 years in recruitment I wanted to feel energised again. I wanted a different life. I had always enjoyed maintaining my own garden, so in August 2011 I started running my own Ed's Garden Maintenance Business and beat my own sales target. Each job presents different challenges. The work can ..

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From red tape to green lawns

Matthew / Folkestone

In my previous life, I managed a fencing plant and had a lot of management responsibility. I got so weary of bureaucracy getting in the way of progress and wanted to be able to be more proactive. Running my own business seemed the best way to get that. I looked closely at Ed's and it all seemed r..

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Grass roots approach

Adrian / Southampton

After spending many years in banking, I really wanted a more active job, which was about more than numbers. My vision was to build a profitable business, but one that also gives something back to our local community. My plan is that this starts with the provision of excellent garden services and, ..

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Career change

Den / Twickenham

I had my own internet company which was at a bit of a crossroads and I decided I wanted to have a change of business. I was attracted to a franchise but I wanted it to be one which didn't have ridiculously high entry costs and in a business which I would actually enjoy doing. I looked at several ver..

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Work hard, play hard

Rich / Lewisham

Prior to Ed's I was involved in property development and landscape gardening. I really enjoyed gardening and knew I wanted to run my own gardening business. I saw the franchise route as a way of establishing my business quickly and reducing the risk. I looked at various gardening franchises and Ed's..

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Instant income

Pierre / Camberley

I bought an established garden maintenance business from an Ed's Operator. Redundancy gave me a great opportunity to do something for myself and I really wanted to run my own business. I didn't want a start-up as I needed to be generating a steady income from the start. I was attracted to an Ed's bu..

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Choosing the right team

John / Hemel Hempstead

Before running my Ed's gardening franchise I worked in the police force. On leaving I took the opportunity to do something I had wanted to do for a long time, run my own gardening business. I had originally thought that I might go it alone but had two areas of concern with this. The first was market..

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The best of the bunch

Andy / Ealing

Before joining Ed's I was a project manager for a kitchen supplier. Although it was great for developing organisational skills, I hated my job. I'd flirted with the idea of running my own business for a long time and had looked at a number of franchises but none of them seemed to have any substance...

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Keeping it in the family

Nick / Sevenoaks

I've been with Ed's since 2014, which was around the time my brother-in-law started his Ed's franchise. I was always heavily involved in the business and when Neil earned enough to fund his long term goal of moving with his family to Cornwall, I took the driving seat. We really do have a great busin..

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Steering my own ship

Richard / St Ives

I have a love of the outdoors and growing things having spent time on a friend's farm growing up in Yorkshire. I have three allotments and I am a past chairman of St Ives Allotment Association. I've spent most of my career in agricultural research, working on behalf of farmers and Government, but..

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Respect for the franchisee

Stuart / Norfolk (North and West)

Tired of my City career, I started an Ed’s business in Surrey in March 2014. Fuelled by my success, I decided to follow my dream and moved to rural Norfolk, where I now run a strong business. When I was looking at franchise options, Ed’s really stood out for their professionalism and the suppor..

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A great brand

Mark / Bournemouth

Having spent time in the Army, on leaving school I joined Cobham - an Aviation engineering services company - where I became Engineering Workshop manager and later Components Workshop manager. In 2013, having spent 23 years at Cobham, I was made redundant due to company re-structuring, so I took th..

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Getting a work-life balance

Marc / Leighton Buzzard

Marc has worked for 15 years in gardening and landscaping, and most recently was head gardener at Timberland's 64 acre site in Stoke Poges. Marc was putting in long days combined with an almost 3 hour round commute each day and decided that he wanted to start his own business. "I know gardening b..

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A sensible commute

Ian / Norwich East and Broadland

Ed's Garden Maintenance welcomes Ian Waters who has taken on a franchise business covering Norwich and Broadland. Ian, a father of two has spent 25 years working in London. He has a background in IT project management, and for the past three years has worked as an IT contractor. On joining Ian..

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Enjoying local Life

Nigel / Worthing

Tired of the extensive travelling in his wholesale business and an increasingly difficult business environment Nigel started to consider the alternatives. "One day I found myself whistling and realised I was really happy doing this gardening kind of work. I knew then that I would love to do this f..

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Ambitious plans for growth

Andy / Woking

Having already built a successful drainage business I was looking for the next challenge and an opportunity to expand. I was already seeing demand for gardening services sparking my interest in a gardening franchise. By buying half of an existing business from Ed’s operator John I have been able t..

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Getting out of the rat race

Paul / Swindon

Paul Crocker runs an Ed's franchise in Swindon. Paul worked for over 20 years in auditing in financial services and insurance. Having been made redundant in June he was applying and interviewing for new positions when in October he realised that he did not want to re-join that world. Paul said, "A..

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Getting a head start

Dan / Thames Ditton

Having worked in the ultra-competitive world of media sales and marketing for many years, I understand the importance of competitive advantage. There is a culture in Ed’s that has reliability and professionalism at its core. Business owners really do care about high standards. and they are in tur..

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Gardening with results

Mike / Stratford upon Avon

Well, here I am four years into running my Ed's business. The experience has been a great one for me. Some things haven't changed (I still love gardening!) but others have - I've amazed myself at how proficient I've become with the 'running the business' side of things. I can't believe how much work..

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Fulfilment and freedom

Kevin / Raynes Park

I joined Ed's in the spring of 2014 after working for a long time in oil. The oil sector had taken a nosedive and it was quite a depressing place to work. I wanted to work in a more positive environment, build a great business and have the freedom to pursue my passion for travel. The opportunity aro..

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Teeing up with Ed's

Daniel / Harlow

Running my own business is not a new thing for me. I have been running my own golf club catering management business since I was twenty-one years old. Although I made a very good living from it, I had got a stage where my job was getting in the way of my life. I really enjoy golf and going to the gy..

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Splitting for success

Karl / Sidcup

I bought my Ed's business in September 2016 when a successful Ed's Operator decided to release some value for himself by splitting his business. What a great way to start with Ed’s! I'd had my eye on setting up an Ed’s business for some time but this opportunity gave me the motivation to make it..

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Team Power

Neil / Rustington / Rustington

I set up my Ed's business in Rustington in October 2016 and the Ed's experience has been excellent for me. You get everything you need to run a really good business. Of course, there's all the training, but another really important element is the more informal get-togethers we have. Aside from being..

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Performance training

Pete / Sutton Coldfield

I was a college lecturer for many years. I taught students with public service careers skills such as teamwork, leadership, time management, physical fitness and adventure training. All useful skills for my own business! It was time for a change and a desire to run my own gardening business and pro..

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Underpinning my success

Dave / Andover

I joined Ed's Garden Services in the Spring of 2017. Prior to joining Ed's, I was a Works Manager for an engineering firm. I’m quite a practical person but knew I needed a lot of help on the business side of things. My Ed’s experience has more than lived up to my expectations. My tailored train..

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Warren / Petts Wood

I bought my Ed's business in April 2017 as a result of a successful Ed's Operator doing a business split. I wasn't the most confident person in the world and, for me, it was the best possible start with Ed's. I could see what a good customer looked like right from the start, and even better, I alrea..

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In the driving seat

Paul / Thurrock

I was a black cabbie before joining Ed's in June 2017 and I know how important it is to go the extra mile to make your customers really happy. For me this is all about delivering excellent garden services and building a strong reputation in the community. I’ve spent time learning the ropes with o..

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Managing the risk

Bob / Horsham

My previous job was Managing Director of a Risk Management consultancy before joining Ed's in June 2017. I supposed you could say I'm a bit of an expert in managing risks! I loved the idea of setting up my own gardening business but was well aware of the risks of going it alone - the biggest one be..

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Hitting the ground running

Ade / Sheffield

I was a director in the financial services sector before joining Ed's in the Spring of 2018. I enjoyed gardening and knew a franchise would suit my structured approach. I really wanted a lifestyle change and I was looking for a new challenge but really wanted to manage the risk aspect. As soon as I ..

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Out of Africa

Graeme / Worcester Park

I recently moved with his family to the UK from Zimbabwe to invest with Anita, the Wimbledon Ed's Operator, in an established Ed’s business in Worcester Park, Surrey. I have known Anita for many years and found out about Ed’s through her. It was clear to me that she had developed quite a scale o..

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On the right track

Marcus /

I started my Ed's business in Streatham in April 2018. It’s still early days for me as I’m only a month in, but already I feel that everything is really starting to come together. I love the gardening, the work is starting to flood in now, I’m starting to feel confident in my abilities and I'..

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A flexible approach

Neil / Sevenoaks

I've got young children with intensive healthcare requirements. For a franchise business to work for me I really needed the franchisor to take into account my unusual circumstances and let me structure things so it could work for me. I knew I was prepared to work really hard and could build a great ..

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