We love the concept of your business, it is a fantastic resource for people looking to rent outdoor event space. How did the company get started?
A client of Jo’s wanted his land to start earning some money for them. I was asked to do a feasibility study, this was going to work brilliantly, but how were we going to take it to market. Through my venue finding business we know people are looking for land for events, Jo looked into the search side of things and discovered nearly 40k people were searching each month for different sorts of spaces. Clearly one website for 1 garden was never going to be found, so we launched www.borrowmygarden.co.uk and have watched it go from strength to strength.
You have an amazing portfolio of outdoor wedding venues. Can you tell us about a couple?
Penbedw Estate, in North Wales delivers everything you could imagine from a stunning versatile Welsh country estate. Offering weddings, glamping, camping, B&B, corporate events, and shooting parties, the hosts want guests to enjoy their land.
Gatehousecote Estate in the Scottish borders, is another versatile venue that is able to offer all types of events, from weddings, corporate events, retreats, camping/glamping, self catered farmhouses, again with hosts who want others to enjoy their land.
Glamping is the perfect getaway for those looking to book UK staycations. Tell us about some of the campsites you have available?
Horsley Hale Farm, offers all sorts of glamping options, from safari tents, bell tents and yurts, and they still have plenty of space for weddings or other events, right on the fells.
Higher Kinderfields Farm offers a variety of glamping options, from tipi’s to landpods, and again a have enough space for weddings.
With parties and gatherings moving outside, what things should people know before they plan an outdoor event?
Always discuss with the landowner what you want to do, and make sure it is something they can offer, be as honest as possible if you want music until late, you do need to discuss this with the landowner and work out something that can work for both parties. Make sure they have insurance and have the relevant licenses to host your event. Only once you have agreed with the landowner what you want, and are happy they can deliver this for you should you enter into a contract. Use their preferred suppliers, they understand how the land works. Keep things open and discuss everything as they change and time draws near. The landowner wants you to have a good time and enjoy their land, in return they want you to look after their land whilst you are there. You will want to return, I promise you! Land is amazing, and these landowners want you to share in a little bit of what they have!
What should landowners know before they rent out their land?
Key considerations are neighbours (noise) always speak to your council and talk through what you are wanting to do before doing anything. Look at what others are doing and think about what you would be happy to do, start off small and gradually build up to something bigger, your confidence will grow with it. How involved do you want to be? There are a lot of people out there that could support you.
What is next for Borrow My Garden?
We want to support landowners and venues out of Covid-19 first, most have seen 2020 summer disappear before our eyes. Many events fields becoming small private camping areas, which we had never envisaged before Coronavirus. We need to keep listening to what people want and reacting to that for the time being. Hopefully, events will be allowed to start again soon.
For more information visit www.borrowmygarden.co.uk