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Still looking for extra help!!

I would particularly like to find another experienced, fast climber / hedge cutter and a reliable hard working ground worker.


I have put up an advert for workers a couple of times recently with a very poor response rate. I realise the labour market is very tight as everybody is very busy, but if you are reading this it would be helpful for you to understand this advert really is a bit different.


I have realised that when I say: if you are very good, you will be able to earn more with us than probably anywhere else, people don’t seem to know what I mean. 


Hence this more explicit advert. Our business model is based upon our clients trusting us to do a first rate job every time and never doing or recommending unnecessary work and never hiding anything going wrong; we are as close to totally trustworthy as you will find. I usually give an explicit guarantee for all of our work. I tell clients: if you are not happy when we are finished, don’t pay us. I have been doing that for years and have never had anyone take me up on it. 


This results in reduced competition for us, as I have never come across another company willing to put their money where their mouth is like we do. As a result, our clients pay us very well for the best service and standards in the area. In turn, this allows me to pay well (and I PREFER to pay our workers well – I don’t like the endemic low pay in the industry). But the model only works if I have very competent, reliable, hard-working people who are willing to work to our standards. Our workers need to be well above average.


As a guide I pay my current lead climber / cutter £200+VAT per day – and he is worth it to me. I pay him the same even if we are doing small bits and pieces pruning and trimming work. The rates above are not even the ceiling if you really are first rate - and depending upon the job. I have happily paid up to £250 / day for a climber before and would do so again (e.g. on a large fell or large reduction done extremely quickly and well).


We do a lot of smaller pruning work: small trees, shrubs and some (but not a lot as I don’t like it) hedge trimming. We also do some bigger tree work – it just depends what comes through. I particularly value good all rounders who aren’t fussy what we do. I have found it too much hassle trying to organise in advance certain jobs for certain people (with the exception of specialists in big tree removals or reductions).


With our associates we can probably provide well paid full time work shared over two or three companies. We are also interested in workers with landscaping experience and who are happy to do landscaping as well as tree work – any type, in any combination.


So, if you’re a groundy who likes to do some landscaping and some tree work for variety, please contact us.


I was thinking in particular, if you are working full time but prefer the idea of going self employed and earning a bit more and having more flexibility, then please contact me. 


We've been going 50 years and are known for taking particular care to look after our customers. 


We're based near Tewkesbury but do most of our work around Cheltenham / Gloucester.


You can look us up here:





Contact me at andrew@barrettltd.co.uk or on 07801 337565. Let me know your experience / tickets, what you're good at, what kit you have (inc. vehicles / trailers) and what you charge.




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