How to Become a Member
The Garden Media Guild Membership Rates & Categories
Membership Subscription Rates 2021/2022 for membership of the Garden Media Guild are given below. Fees are renewed in April. These fees will give membership up until March 31st, 2022.
* In addition to the sums below, there is also a one-off joining fee of £10, payable with the first subscription at the time of application.
There are five categories of membership as listed below.
If you're unsure as to which category would suit you best, and would like some guidance, please contact us.
£75 per annum
Full membership of The Garden Media Guild is open to anyone who can supply three examples of work that demonstrate, as reviewed by the Garden Media Guild Committee, that the candidate is generating a decent body of editorial work communicating about gardening in whatever form, meeting industry standards, for financial gain.
We welcome applications from writers, broadcasters, bloggers, podcasters, photographers and social media influencers (examples of three posts/videos are required). To qualify for membership you must demonstrate that you are being commissioned and paid to create content. Payment might be in the form of salary, publishers’ advances, author’s fees or book sales, journalists’ fees or freelance payment..
The Professional Garden Photographers' Association (PGPA) is a semi-autonomous group within the Guild, and photographers joining the Guild also have the option of applying to join the PGPA. Please note that acceptance by the Guild does not automatically mean you will be accepted by the PGPA.
Overseas Members are at the same level of subscription.
£120 per annum
Associate membership is available to gardening and horticultural organisations and companies, public relations companies, publishers of garden material and anyone related to the gardening and horticultural industry. Any key person representing the company can become an Associate Member. Associate Members are not allowed a vote at general meetings.
£25 per annum
This category of membership is available to Full Members who have ceased working, but who wish to retain an ongoing connection with the Guild.
If you are an exisiting GMG member who has now retired, and would like to take advantage of this membership, please contact us to advise us of your change of circumstances
We will then re-classify your membership.
Nomally £55 per annum but the first year is reduced to just £20.00
The Guild is committed to helping and encouraging new entrants to our profession, whether they are writers, photographers, broadcasters, bloggers, vloggers or podcasters. Probationary membership is at the discretion of the Guild's Committee, and is offered to new starters in the profession who can show a good standard of work but are still very much at the beginning of their career. Where possible, Probationary Members will be paired with a Full Member to act as their mentor, helping them in their career progression.
A Probationary Member may not remain in this category for more than a guideline period of three years. For those wishing to extend their Probationary Membership beyond this, each case will be considered on its merits and with reference to the member's mentor.
The subscription rate for a Probationary Member is set at 75% of that of full membership.
Offered to all those who win the Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award and others at the discretion of the Guild's Committee.
This sub-group is open to all photographers who satisfy the criteria of Guild membership, with an additional subscription of £25 per annum payable. There is a separate application form to be completed in addition to the GMG application form.
Membership enquiries should be made to:
The Garden Media Guild
Ashfield Park Avenue
Tel: 01989 567393