Some of the GMA's FAQs are listed here.  If there is anything else we've not covered please do get in touch.

The GMA was founded in 1934 by W H Bowles BEM, head groundsman at Eton College. The first 11 founder members formed the National Association of Groundsmen which became the Grounds Management Association in 1969.

The GMA now has a history spoaning 80 years.

The original purpose was defined as being to improve:

  1. the status of groundsmen
  2. the standard of groundsmanship.

The founding members included:

ALBERT WILLIAM HURRELL - head groundsman (Manchester Grammar School)

DAVID ORMOND JENKINS - retired head groundsman

WILLIAM ROYLE - department manager

GERALD FIELD - head groundsman

ARTHUR GILLIGAN - retired groundsman

ARCHIBALD McTAGGART - head groundsman

LAURANCE WALTER WHITE - retired head groundsman

MICHAEL KINLOCK - head groundsman

LEONARD BADEN NASH - retired head groundsman

CYRIL CHARLES MOSLIN - head groundsman

WILLIAM HENRY GEORGE BOWLES - head groundsman (Eton College)

ROBERT JOHN CORBIN - horticultural parks officer

LESLIE CURTIS - retired head groundsman

CYRIL ARTHUR TURNER - head groundsman (Portsmouth Grammar School)

WILLIAM JOSEPH WELLS - retired head groundsman

ARTHUR IVOR HUGHES - retired head groundsman


HERBERT CHRISTMAS LOCK - retired head groundsman

LESLIE FRANCIS HANCORN - area uuperintendent

JOHN JONES - head groundsman

JOHN SMITH - head groundsman

RONALD ARTHUR BENTLEY - head groundsman

DAVID ALAN REES - head groundsman

LIONEL WILLIAM VICTOR ELDRIDGE - retired head groundsman

The GMA delivers its own qualifcations.

It is also an approved deliverer of qualifications for City & Guilds, the Scottish Qualifications Authority & Lantra

The GMA is not able to do this. Sports venues organise their own volunteers locally, this is necessary as they need to be responsible for their own health & safety issues and child protection. We may be able to put you in contact with someone who can help though.

You can join this website by clicking the 'Join Us' button on the top of each page. Check out each member category to find out which one best fits you. If you need further information or advice we'd be happy to talk you through. Telephone 01908 312511 or email for more information.

Yes we have a number of overseas members. Sign up now to start taking advantage of the GMA benefits available to you.

Renewing your yearly subscrption to GMA membership is a simple process.

You'll receive an automated reminder in the 11th month of your membership period to ensure that you retain access to your full complement of member benefits and extensive use of the GMA's comprehensive technical library. Alternatively telephone 01908 312 511.

Click on the membership section within this website to find out which category suits you best and view the membership fees related to that category.

You can pay by cheque, BACS or credit card. 

If you choose to pay by direct debit you'll receive a 10 per cent discount on your annual membership fee.  

You should expect to receive your membership pack within 10 - 14 days from the date your membership has been paid.

lf your membership has lapsed please contact us on 01908 312511 or email on and we can easily get you back on the system.

To discuss furtherPlease contact :

title Louise Hopkins Membership Services Executive

Telephone: 01908 552989 Email:

Louise has been the GMA's main point of contact for membership enquiries and renewals for a number of years.