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Brought to you by Colin Forde an Islington resident born and bred since 1968

Colin offers a personal monthly gardening service to select clients based exclusively in Islington, London.


Cressida Pollock Co Director, Quadrature Climate Foundation

"Colin is an absolutely brilliant gardener and I cannot recommend him highly enough. He has kept my garden in shape despite my best attempts to neglect it for the past 10 years. Colin is always willing to think of ways to improve a space and is absolutely brilliant at creating a beautiful and welcoming garden with minimal input! He is absolutely reliable and trustworthy." Cressida

Mark Nuttall Partner, Linklaters

Colin has been amazing, getting grass to grow where no grass would grow; always proactive with maintenance and a pleasure to deal with. 100% would recommend. Mark

Simon Toms Partner, Skadden

To have one of the best lawns in Islington you need to use Colin! Simon

Tony de Garr Robinson QC Barrister at One Essex Court, Middle Temple

"Colin is one of the most helpful and reliable people I can think of. He is an excellent gardener, but the help he provides outside the home extends well beyond what would ordinarily be thought of as gardening services. He thinks proactively, identifying and resolving problems before you are even aware that they might arise, and his positive, can-do attitude makes him good company, too. I cannot recommend him highly enough." Tony

Mark Zerdin Partner, Slaughter and May

"I have been employing Colin Forde on a monthly basis since 2012. I find him very reliable, trustworthy and a pleasure to deal with. I have no hesitation in recommending him". Mark

David Boutcher Partner, Reed Smith LLP

"Colin just makes sure the garden always looks good and is totally reliable." David

Neil Christie CEO at Wieden + Kennedy

"I can strongly recommend Colin. He is 100% reliable and the garden always looks fantastic, winter and summer. You can't go wrong with the green-fingered Mr Forde". Neil

Mary-Ann Deasy Chief Administration Officer, Tak Advisory University

"I have no hesitation in recommending Colin - he has great expertise and works in a timely, considered way. Nothing is too much trouble and the end product is excellent. He is also a very trustworthy individual." Mary-Ann

Jessica Nugent Partner, Goodman Derrick LLP

Colin always does a great job of turning the garden from a jungle into a lovely, manicured place. I would not hesitate to recommend him. Jessica

Mary Robey Furlong Road, Islington

Reliable, meticulous, hard working and utterly trustworthy. Colin is fully committed to helping us enjoy the garden throughout the year. Nothing is too much trouble. A local treasure. Mary

Jennifer Christie Literary Agent at Graham Maw Christie

"I employ Colin Forde on a monthly plan and he takes care of everything, toiling away, always thinking ahead, offering to pick up materials/plants for me and jet washing paved areas. We are busy, so we really appreciate his dedication and initiative - thinking for us as well as doing. The garden is worthy of Manet's brush and the lawn is unreal. He was highly recommended to me and now I appreciate why." Jennifer

Steve Moore Managing Director at Princelet Partners

Colin is fantastic - very helpful and most reliable. He is hard-working, pleasant and thoughtful as well as being a wonderful gardener. I recommend him whole-heartedly. Steve

Margot Dunn EX Mayor and Councillor for The London Borough of Islington.

"Colin is such a nice man. Kind, Helpful and Trustworthy. You do not have to tell him what is needed he just gets on with it. It's a real pleasure having him in my home/garden keeping everything neat and tidy allowing me to enjoy my garden space without the hard work." Margot

Karina van Ginkel Stakeholder and Membership Manage at The Heart Of The City

"Colin was very friendly and easy to communicate with when setting up his visit to attend to our garden. We had issues on our end getting the parking pass and green waste bags together in time, and Colin was incredibly patient and had a great sense of humor about the setbacks and rescheduling. He also did a fantastic job in our garden, and we are incredibly pleased. I would highly recommend Colin, and will absolutely use his services again when the time comes. Thank you, Colin." Karina

Katharine Williamson Senior Humanitarian Child Protection Advisor at Save the Children UK

"Colin did a great job in my garden, taking initial steps to clear, clean and level the area so that it would be planted, and putting up a fence. He is honest, diligent and personable, and does a great job for a good price. I'd highly recommend him." Katharine

Emma Blinkhorn Cocoa Sustainability PR Manager at Olam Cocoa

"Colin has completely overhauled my unruly garden twice now and both times he's done a stellar job. He's friendly to deal with, reliable and detail orientated. I know my garden is in safe hands with him and will certainly continue to use his services." Emma

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