The following consultants can offer expert advice on property, whether it's garden centre or nurseries, planning advice and ratings advice for all areas of the UK.

Garden centre property
Gilbert Evans
0333 005 0163

GC property

Gilbert Evans is a specialist garden centre property consultancy. With over 30 years of garden centre experience our garden centre team is held in high regard with clients valuing our specialist knowledge and our discretion. Covering the whole of the UK, we provide garden centre property advice to HTA garden centre members.  Our expertise in garden centre property covers:

  • Sales
  • Acquisitions
  • Rent reviews and lease renewals
  • Lettings
  • Sale and Leasebacks/investment advice
  • Valuations for all purposes, including bank (loan security), probate, capital gains, compulsory purchase and accounts purposes
  • Concessions
  • Development consultancy

We provide the garden centre industry with bespoke and practical advice that reduces complexity and maximises financial returns from property assets. 

The garden centre property helpline offers HTA members free initial impartial advice.  If you would like to know more contact either Allen Evans or Mike Gilbert at


Nursery & landscape property
Quinton Edwards
0333 005 0165

Quinton Edwards

Quintons Edwards is a leading firm of Chartered Surveyors, offering expert advice to the Horticultural, Landscape and Garden Centre industries throughout the UK.

We offer a full range of property services to horticultural property and businesses owners, banks and financial institutions. Our wide range of commercial property services include:

  • Valuations
  • Sales/Lettings
  • Acquisitions
  • Lease Renewals & Rent Reviews (landlord & tenant)
  • Energy Performance Certificates (commercial & residential)
  • Schedule of Conditions
  • Dispute Resolutions

We can offer advice prior to placing a business on the market in regard to marketability, rental values, capital values and freehold values.

We work alongside business owners, banks and financial institutions that understand the horticulture industry which enables them to help companies raise finance at competitive rates.








Rating (england & Wales)
Turner Morum LLP
0333 005 0171

Rating EW

Ian Charman and Turner Morum have provided business rates advice to the HTA and Members since 1988, bringing more than 40 years of experience in the field. They are the leading specialist rating advisers to garden centre, retail nursery and nursery operators in England and Wales.

  • advise members in minimising their rates liabilities, for all types and locations
  • challenges and appeals against values
  • pursuing small business rate relief, horticultural exemptions and other allowances

The 2017 Revaluation “Check, Challenge, Appeal” system is extremely complex and onerous. A minefield for the unwary, it is designed to unearth errors in survey facts. Appeals should only be contemplated with expert advice such as that provided by TM


Rating (scotland & northern ireland)
Allen McLaren Chartered Surveyors
0333 005 0172

Rating SNI

Allan M McLaren, a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation, is appointed by the HTA to assist members in Scotland and Northern Ireland on Valuation and Rating matters.

Our clients range from those operating small individual garden centres to the large multiple entities seeking guidance on valuation and rating issues.

The work undertaken often includes:

  • Detailed examination of proposed rateable values.
  • Contemplation of appeal action.
  • Making representations on valuation and rateability.
  • Negotiating reductions in rateable value when justified.
  • Giving specific guidance on related issues affecting business rates.

With the first general Revaluation for seven years coming into effect on 1st April 2017 in Scotland, England and Wales, it is important to seek specialist advice on proposed new rateable values before the 30th September 2017 appeal deadline is reached.








Planning advice
Malcolm Scott Consultants
0333 005 0170