This is our template terms and conditions for gardening contracts. The template has been designed for use by gardening services providers as their standard contract document.
Under the terms and conditions, the services provider must provide the services at appointments or in accordance with a timetable agreed by the parties. The specific appointments or timetable may be agreed either at the outset or during the course of the contract. Clauses allowing for the cancellation of particular services appointments are included.
The customer must provide all necessary access to the relevant gardens. A range of optional obligations in relation to the customer premises may be added to this basic obligation.
The terms and conditions contain an optional clause covering the storage of provider equipment and consumables at the premises of the customer. They also take account of the possibility that the customer may provide equipment and/or consumables to help the services provider perform the gardening services. The customer must ensure that such equipment and consumables are in good working order, while the provider is prohibited from using such equipment and consumables with respect to any other customers.
Charges may be agreed in advance, or calculated by reference to the time spent providing the services.
For contracts entered into with consumers, the terms and conditions include a clause permitting the consumers to cancel the contract in accordance with the distance selling laws (ie with respect to contracts entered into via email or on the telephone). If you will only use the document with business customers, you can safely remove this clause.
An optional confidentiality clause protecting the customer is also included. In most cases, you should be able safely to remove this from the document, but for more sensitive business customers it could prove useful.
The gardening contract document can be used by gardeners working as sole traders or through a partnership or company.