We’re 40 years old. Here’s our story so far

2019 marks our 40th year in business. Let us take you back to where it all began.

After negotiating the raucous demands of selling goods in London’s Covent Garden Flower Market, Geoff Idle escaped to the country, largely unscathed.

At the age of 27, and with a new born baby on the way, the frenetic pace of market life gave way for a new job at the local garden centre near to his family home in Bexley, Kent.

After a few years learning the ropes (and more than a few plant names), and encouraged by his new employer, it wasn’t long before Geoff bought himself a little Honda Acty van and took the plunge to go it alone.

This was back in 1978. The vision: to grow a business specialising in the supply and maintenance of interior and exterior plant displays.

A year later, G.I. Landscapes was born. “Yes, it’s not the most imaginative name but it was borne out of necessity more than anything else,” says Geoff. “A neighbour of mine, John Clayton, who set up Leonard Lifts, had to put something down on a joint quote we were working on to win a grounds maintenance contract for a few hospitals in East London. So, I stuck with the name purely for convenience.”

Geoff’s sons Adam and Tom, clearly excited about their Dad’s new venture

Geoff’s sons Adam and Tom, clearly excited about their Dad’s new venture

Cold calling and word of mouth was the name of the game during that early period. And aided by his Dad, Fred Idle who worked a few days’ a week – and a switch from the Honda to a Mazda pick-up truck – Geoff won many jobs in the centre of London. Hairdressers, car showrooms, West End restaurants, and the offices of airline firms (not least Iran Air) all wanted on-trend interior plant displays. And G.I. Landscapes delivered.

The business continued to grow during the 1980s. The grounds maintenance and landscaping side of the company became established, and Geoff took on his first full-time staff in Michael Garland.

The period also saw the company’s foray into the estate agency market, winning a new contract to supply plants and a maintenance service for Jacksons Estate Agency, a burgeoning property firm that was about to engulf the South East.

By the late 1980s, Geoff and his family had moved out of Bexley to Wilmington, on the outskirts of Dartford. The site maintenance work grew thanks to an ongoing relationship with Crest Homes. Peter Stokes (senior) joined the ranks part-time.

And now, a team of three women (including Geoff’s wife Diane), and two small vans were patrolling London and the South East, responsible for looking after the plants in some 50 Jacksons high street stores.

Just one of many van models – sporting one of many re-brands – tried out by G.I. Landscapes

Just one of many van models – sporting one of many re-brands – tried out by G.I. Landscapes

The 1990s saw another shift in the evolution of the business. Changing fashions (coupled with a general panic about corporate health and safety) saw a scaling back of interior plants. Now, the focus had switched.

The G.I. team, which now included Geoff’s eldest son, 16 year-old Adam, spent more time designing, developing and maintaining show homes for new housing developments. 

Helping private customers redevelop their gardens and look after them also became a major offering.

By the end of the decade, with Adam taking on more responsibility, the business continued to expand. Contracts with the likes of Sheraton Skyline Hotel at Heathrow and Crayford Motors saw a brief return to interiors, while the landscaping and maintenance service soared.

Now based in Snodland, Kent, the business looks after more than 50 estates

Now based in Snodland, Kent, the business looks after more than 50 estates

Fast forward to 2008, and Adam took over the reins of the business in earnest. It marked another significant shift for the company as he looked to further establish a bigger grounds maintenance service, while continuing to deliver amazing gardens for a wealth of customers. 

In October 2010, G.I. Landscapes became a limited company. 

Today, the business looks after more than 50 estates across Kent, Surrey, Essex and Greater London. Now, with 16 staff, eight vans, four maintenance teams, two landscaping teams, a project manager and contracts manager, the company continues to grow.

And the story continues.

Check out our timeline below…

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Landscaping For UK's top DJ 'Nic Fanciulli'

G.I Landscapes (UK) Ltd are very excited about starting our second full landscaping project for top DJ Nic Fanciulli.
We completed our first project for Nic back in 2012/13 which was a total re landscape in West Malling, Kent, the garden was completely over grown when Nic purchased the property and needed over a weeks worth of clearance work just to return it to a blank canvas with new fences before any construction work could start.
Nic had a few requirements for his new garden such as a play area for his son, planted with established shrubs and trees and a herb/veg garden, other than that it was left to us to design and make the sloped garden look nice on the eye as well as being child friendly and useable on a daily basis for the family.
The whole project from start to finish took us just over 4 weeks which was due to some bad weather and even some snow thrown into the mix.

Nic was very pleased with his new garden, we then put a maintenance program in place for him and continued to maintain the garden for a number of years which gave us a chance to watch the garden mature and develop as it was designed to do.

Now 5 years later we are involved in Nic’s latest project, a very interesting property he purchased earlier in the year in East Malling, Kent, the property is currently having an extension and internal works done with G.I starting on site within the next couple of months.

Nic & myself during a site meeting discussing the new project.

Nic & myself during a site meeting discussing the new project.

We can not wait to get started on the this new project, it’s going to look fantastic once finished, it’s going to have some of Nic’s ideas involved with things his seen on his travels around the world and mix that with our own ideas here at G.I Landscapes and you can’t go wrong.

This project will be great for our current followers on social media to follow and watch unfold from day one right through to it’s completion.
If you are a big Fanciulli fan and this is something you want to see develop then start following us on Twitter: @gilandscapes and Facebook Page: G.I Landscapes, this is going to be a project well worth following!

A bit about Nic:

International DJ, Grammy-nominated producer, and owner of Saved Records.

Nic Fanciulli is a DJ, producer and label owner who has remained one of the UK’s finest exports in electronic music throughout the last decade. One of the last DJs to break through to international acclaim on the strength of his DJ’ing alone, Nic has since gone on to establish his own imprint, Saved Records, a label that remains proudly at the forefront of electronic music today. An important purveyor of international, underground house and techno, Saved has become a global brand, renowned for cutting-edge releases and standout events around the globe. In early 2014 Saved celebrated their 100th release. No easy achievement in the modern climate, which was marked by a special release and tour, delivering a mixture of the biggest names in dance music alongside a selection of the hottest emerging talent around – highlighting the ethos that the label has always stayed true to throughout the years.


A Grammy-nominated producer in his own right, Nic has worked with artists as diverse as Underworld, Kylie Minogue, U.N.K.L.E, Loco Dice, Josh Wink Hot Natured, and Tracey Thorn. He’s also produced a plethora of solo tracks that have received huge critical acclaim in addition to unleashing a heady collection of memorable remixes, including his recent rework of Hot Natured’s ‘Benediction’. Nic is responsible for a high output of a sleek, intelligent yet driving strain of house and techno, and is famed for his compilation CDs, having completed mixes for Renaissance, Global Underground, Balance, and most recently Defected’s In The House series in 2014.

Despite becoming a household name in his early twenties, Nic has always maintained a humble and down to earth approach throughout his career. Bearing a strong connection to his hometown of Maidstone and its people, Nic has been staging stellar events there throughout his whole career, perhaps none so proudly as when unveiling his own bespoke festival, The Social in summer 2013. But it is his genuine and unreserved love for the scene and bringing through new talent that has given Nic the longevity to remain at the top for so long.

www.nicfanciulli.com ::: www.savedrecords.com ::: www.thesocialfestival.com

4th Year at Gillingham F.C

On Saturday G.I Landscapes (UK) Ltd will be Sponsoring our 4th game in 4 years at Gillingham Football Club.

We sponsored our first game back in November 2015 against Bury which saw the Gill’s run out 3-1 winners with goals from Samuel, Egan and Osadebe. It was a fantastic day which all of our guests thoroughly enjoyed, we ended up making Captain and goal scorer on the day John Egan our man of the match.

2016 G.I Landscapes MOTM Josh Wright

2016 G.I Landscapes MOTM Josh Wright

After being so well looked after by Matt and the rest of the staff at Gillingham we returned in 2016 to sponsor the league 1 fixture against Rochdale it which the Gill’s won convincingly 3-0, this time our MOTM went too Josh Wright.

Last year we sponsored the 2-2 draw with AFC Wimbledon on the 30th December, Sean Clare who was on loan from Sheffield Wednesday claimed man of the match with two great assists.

2015 pre match with Captain John Egan

2015 pre match with Captain John Egan

MOTM and a great guy Sean Clare after the game.

MOTM and a great guy Sean Clare after the game.

We have enjoyed all 3 of our match day sponsor packages at the Gill’s and would encourage any local business to get involved, the club really look after you from the moment you and your guests arrive, the players that you see pre game are more than willing to chat and are great with the kids and Mr Scally the chairman has always found the time to thank us for sponsoring the game and has always made everyone feel at home in the boardroom.

We are really looking forward to doing it all again on Saturday against Luton Town and hope we can continue our unbeaten run sponsoring the Gill’s!

Rochdale 2016

Rochdale 2016

Working with HML Group

G.I Landscapes (UK) Ltd have been working alongside property management company ‘HML Group’ now for over 5 years.

Within our grounds maintenance profile we currently have the maintenance contracts for over 25 HML managed estates across Kent, these range from private Victorian listed buildings containing flats such as ‘Beaumont Court’ in Royal Tunbridge Wells and ‘Bayham Road’ in Sevenoaks to large 10 plus acre residential estates with large green areas such as ‘Sutton Woods’ just outside Maidstone and ‘Saxon Mead’ in Staplehurst.

HML Group also deal with plenty of new build with builders including Redrow and Persimmon Homes, G.I Landscapes have recently this year taken on new sites including ‘Highwood Green’ in Marden, ‘Waterside Bridge’ in Dartford and ‘Iwade Meadows’ in Sittingbourne.

We feel here at G.I Landscapes that we have a great working relationship with all the property managers at HML Group and find each of them very professional and pleasant to deal with, we hope our relationship with them continues to grow as it has over the past 5 years.

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