Chris Vacher – complete gardening solutions

Report (edited) by Uckfield News

Does your garden need attention?  Looking for a specialist? Locally-based horticulturist Chris Vacher is the answer to your needs.

RHS-trained Chris has a team of experts, to take care of everything from tree surgery, wildflower meadow planting and landscaping to more general tasks such as land clearance and general maintenance.

Chris launched his gardening business three years ago and seen then it has gone from strength to strength. His team offer all year round comprehensive management in all environments, from small back gardens to large estates and sports grounds.

Chris said: “We offer total solutions. Our clients don’t need to look anywhere else for, say, a drainage expert or for a tree surgeon because that all comes as part of the package.”

3,000 trees

One of the estates managed by Vacher Gardens is in Hadlow Down, with 23 acres including a formal garden with decorative hedging, and informal areas where 3,000 trees have been planted with wildflower meadows enhancing the fields.

The team has built a cricket pitch there too with a vegetable garden next in the plan.

Another country estate in Waldron is being cleared of 20 years of neglect. A new lawn has been created at the front of the property with a courtyard garden to one side together with an orchard with a variety of trees.

Garden borders

The back of the house boasts spectacular views into woodland and the theme continues into the garden, where the grass is cut to different levels to add interest.

At the bottom of the garden a drainage system has been installed by Vacher Gardens team member Keith Rowling, who is a retired civil engineer. This will remove any standing water, while still leaving scope for a bog area where a pond once stood.

Keith also designs and constructs raised vegetable beds, walls, steps, patios and decking and even refurbishes sheds.


Senior Gardener Steve Veal is an expert in vegetables, a plantsman and decorative hedging.

His son, assistant gardener Rob, 23, is developing a specialism in orchards and is learning about garden and agricultural machinery maintenance. He plans to go to Plumpton College for a full-time vehicle engineering course in September.


Apprentice Ciaran Brown, 17, who joined the team last July, is interested in all types of grass, particularly sports turf , and he enjoys preparing and producing fine lawns. He completes his training later this year, when is planning to start his own business, alongside working with Vacher Gardens.


Engineer Bill Radcliffe maintains all the machinery including mowers,  strimmers  and tractors.

In the office, keeping the accounts up to date is Gaye Neathercott .

There are further plans for two more apprentices to join later this year as well as another senior gardener.

Garden design

Chris himself has always been a keen gardener and has done gardening courses at Plumpton College in recent years.

His background is in leisure, where he was a leisure centre manager, then he became sales director for a company supplying children’s indoor play equipment.

His new business enables him to combine his management skills and experience with his passion for the practical aspect of hands-on work of gardening.

Chris is currently studying garden design and is keen to encourage his team to expand their knowledge too. An outdoor first aid course will shortly be undertaken by two of the team, and a hard landscaping course by two more – all at Plumpton College.

If you would like to talk to Chris about how he might be able to help you with your garden, please call Vacher Gardens on 01825 744172 or 07971 313085 or email him at

Article courtesy of Uckfield News