I Am Still Gardening!
We are a family run business with over twenty years experience of gardening in and around the Chichester area!
I specialise in high quality garden maintenance, which can include a full program of works including; lawn mowing, lawn edging, weeding, hedge trimming, strimming and much more.
I can provide regular annual maintenance contracts, which provide you with the full range of gardening services, as well as a competitive monthly budget!
How I Got Here Today - My Story
Hi, my name’s Paul Hoff and i’m the owner of Rolling Stone Garden Services. I have been a professional gardener since 1992, when i worked for Michael Cutler of Oakwood Landscapes.
Mike was a consummate professional, and had very high, exacting standards for his employees. I quickly became hooked with this gardening thing, and began studying all I could on shrubs. perennials, lawns, anything I could get my hands on.
I watched all the gardening programs, read the books and magazines, and within 7 months Mike began giving me gardens to look after on my own. A few months after this Mike made me a team leader, and from there i never looked back!
Fast forward to 1995, Mike was struggling with the day to day running, and working of a very busy gardening business, and decided to sell the round that I ran with another gardener. He offered it to us both to run as a partnership which I was really up for, however my gardening partner wasn’t keen and declined. This left me with the prospect of losing out, so I asked Mike to sell it to me on my own. It was a struggle raising finance, but I managed it, and in the March of 1996 was running my very own professional gardening business. I was extremely busy as I had bought a full round of clients, the van, and a full compliment of hand tools and machinery.
Everything was chugging along nicely, but in the very hot summer of 1999, I had an accident on my mountain bike, broke my collar bone, half of which ripped out through my skin, the other half punctured my lung, I also had a badly damaged shoulder. I had a week in hospital having my lung drained, and after a month i returned to work. However all was not well, i was in a lot of pain and struggling to keep up with the demanding schedule. A few months later i took the difficult decision to sell the business.
I went to work in an office as a Technical Assistant in a Groundcare company, met my other other half, Zoe, (now my wife) and in 2001 left the company to buy another gardening business. Together we built a really strong business, Rolling Stone Garden Services Ltd, I trained up an apprentice, employed another full-time gardener, as well as 2 sub-contractors that carried out landscaping an other works for me.
In 2005 my full-timer left to return to London, so I took his place back on maintenance, then in 2007 my apprentice (by now fully qualified) handed his notice in to work in the commercial gardening industry. That was the last straw for me and so I sold the contract side of the business to one of my sub-contractors. Work wise it was a great move as I kept just 3 large clients, and this gave me more flexibility in my gardening, however financially it was a big mistake as none of these clients were on contract, so if I didn’t work, I didn’t get paid, we then had 3 very bad winters and we lost a lot of money!
In 2009 Zoe became seriously ill after the birth of our second daughter, Isabelle, which meant more time off work looking after our 3 year old and a baby! In 2010 I gave in, and went to work in a a local office as a web marketing manager (a man of many talents eh?). this went well for a couple of years with me setting up a limited company working from home as a marketing consultant, but the gardening life beckoned again…
As this is getting to be a long story, I will cut to March of 2013, and the rebirth of Rolling Stone…
Works Van -Tools - Staff - Rolling Stone Garden Services
…I bought a new (second hand) van, dusted off my tools, and began putting the word out that I was back in business, as by the 22nd May we had a full round of maintenance customers, and plenty of extra work to keep me busy.
It's now 2021 and we're just starting to pull through a Global pandemic, which has wrought pain and misery on the entire world, and continues to do so. I have been luck and have carried on working throughout, with the help of my fantastic clients.
So that’s where we’re at, if you or someone you know needs an experienced and knowledgeable, friendly gardener, give us a call, or drop us a line on the Contact Us page, thanks for reading.
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