Why choose us?

A combination of competitive pricing, reliability and well-trained staff has given Select Gardens a solid reputation and a leading edge over its competitors. It’s these principles that our customers greatly value.

Our clients range from property management companies, to housing associations, private estates in the Sussex and Kent region.

About the Owner / Director

James Elton is the Director of Select Gardens but still takes a ‘hands on’ approach with his clients’ maintenance requirements.

Before setting up the business in 2001 he spent 10 years training and working within the horticulture industry. He spent three years studying at Brinsbury College in West Sussex for a National Diploma in Landscape Studies. After completing the course he was offered a job on Herm Island in the Channel Islands as a gardener maintaining the gardens and grounds, which include many unusual sub-tropical plants.

James’ next gardening position was at Polesden Lacy, a National Trust property in Surrey, maintaining the historic formal gardens. After a couple of years it was time for a new challenge, he moved to London where he worked for the famous garden designer Stephen Woodhams and was responsible for maintaining a portfolio of contemporary gardens in London for some very famous clientele.

On his return to Brighton in 2001 he decided to put all his varied experience and ideas into his own company and Select Gardens was born.

Current qualifications held by staff

  • National Diploma in Landscape Studies x 2
  • National Certificate in Horticulture
  • NPTC PA1 /PA6A spraying certificates x 2
  • First Aid Qualification x 2
  • NVQ Level 2 in Horticulture
  • NPTC Chainsaw crosscutting and maintenance
  • Trained and uniformed staff
  • Sign written vans
  • Modern machinery and equipment
  • Single point of contact
  • Comprehensive Heath and Safety Policy
  • Fully insured
  • Based in Sussex


James Elton
James Elton, Director

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