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The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL). 

Shrub and Stone are members of The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL), a trade body affiliated to the Horticultural Trades Association, which promotes the highest level of standards within the industry. Being a member ensures that we adhere to all health and safety requirements, that our workmanship is of the highest standard and that the business is professionally run.

The APL comprises accredited landscape companies who design, build and maintain gardens throughout the UK. The rigorous inspection process to join is the toughest within the industry. Along with the initial inspection, each member is inspected annually to ensure each member has up to date insurances, complies with health and safety law and their quality of work is to the highest possible. Inspections are a combination of site based, office based and online.

The APL is the only landscaping scheme operator of Trustmark, a Government endorsed initiative that promotes professional trades to consumers.

Why choose an APL member?

The APL is at the forefront of developing and maintaining professional standards and services, providing you with the confidence you need when choosing a landscaper, designer or professional gardener.


APL landscape members have to undergo what is considered to be one of the toughest inspection processes in the industry. Every aspect of their business and business practice is looked at by independent consultants with years of horticultural experience ensuring that if you use our services you can have confidence that we are adhering to these high standards.


2020 Shrub and Stone were awarded APL’s Company of the year.


2021 Palace Road project has reached a category final.


2022 Silver Merit Medal - 'Project Value Under £20,000' category

2023 Gold Medal - 'Collaboration' category.

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