Ground Rules,

Garden-Sharing Risks &

Getting Ready. 


things to consider:


Ground Rules


  • Lenders and Tenders should be over the age of 18.
  • Garden Lenders, it’s up to you; how, when and to whom you Lend your garden.
  • Garden Tenders, it’s up to you; how, when and to whom you Tend to a garden. 
    • It is advised that Lending Garden owners and Tending Garden users draw up agreements* prior to Lending or Tending. An agreement* should detail visitation rules, garden plans/ Lender and Tender expectations/ project objectives that both parties intend to honour, how long your garden sharing terms last and should be signed by both parties: Lender and Tender. (Suggested template agreements* are available once your Lend and Tend Patch-Match has been processed.) 
  • Lend and Tend (Lend & Tend) or associated gardeners are not under any obligation to provide garden Lenders with permanent gardening service(s) for any limited time, other than what the garden ‘Tender’ and a ‘Lender’ mutually agree privately. Nor do garden Tenders have access to garden Lender's property without prior arranged consent. 


Garden-Sharing Risks



  • Introductions: Always exchange emails and talk on the phone before you meet a potential Patch-Match. 
  • We suggest that you initially meet your Patch-Match with a buddy if going to a garden for the first time. Same goes for inviting people to your garden, have someone host with you. Your buddy can always help you suss out if garden sharing's going to be right for you. 
  • Lend and Tend (Lend & Tend) nor it’s associates, friends, employees, partners or affiliates uphold any responsibility for any loss or damage to any property, hurt or injury to any individuals, animals or yourself. 
  • For your protection and safety, it is advised that you seek professional advice from your insurers to ensure you have sufficient insurance to cover any losses or damages to any persons or any property, including yourself and your own. 


  • Garden owners, please ensure your garden is free from any obstructions or materials that could cause harm i.e. glass amongst digging beds, or if you believe there may be harmful materials like asbestos present, please consult professional advice if you are unsure. 
  • Please make sure that all tools and garden equipment are safe to use. 
  • Garden Tenders, if you are unsure about using gardening equipment, consult product guides or a professional and if in doubt do not use hazardous equipment.
  • Wear protective clothing such as goggles, gloves and knee pads where necessary.


Getting Ready


Once you've signed up to garden share, it may take time for a Lender or Tender to become available in your area, so we'd appreciate your patience but help with sharing the news would be great.

We have posters you can print to put up in your local community's cafes, libraries and places of interest to help so you can spread the word, but old fashioned world of mouth is very helpful too. 

We ask you lots of questions when you sign up, it's so we can find you a suitable Patch-Match, however, there is no obligation for you to disclose personal information, e.g. a disability. However, it may help us find an accurate Patch-Match knowing if you need any special considerations i.e regarding access. 

  • Your Details.
    • We respect your private details and we will not, without your consent, supply your personal information to any third parties for the purpose of their or any other third party’s direct marketing.
  • We suggest a 2-4 week trial with your Lend and Tend Patch-Match.
    • If all goes well, discuss your availability then so you can commence your garden sharing project.

A garden sharing solution isn't always immediately possible. You can find where Lenders and Tenders are available on our map. 


...and if you've any further questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch! Email