Job Description

Gardeners work to look after gardens by planting, pruning, weeding, cutting the lawn and general maintenance of the garden, this could be a private garden large or small or for a large organisation or stately home such as the National Trust.

Entry Requirements

Employers don't usually ask for qualifications.

If you have some related voluntary or paid work experience, this could help you to get a job. You could get experience by volunteering through Do-it or with organisations like:

  • The Conservation Volunteers (TCV)
  • National Trust
  • The Wildlife Trusts

You could also start as an assistant gardener and work your way up.

A qualification in gardening may help. The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has details about careers and training. No formal qualifications are needed to start.

You could also get into this job through an intermediate apprenticeship in horticulture. For this you may need GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including maths and English.

The RHS also offers horticultural apprenticeships in their national gardens for 16 to 19 year olds. For these you’ll need 2 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above in English and science, with some IT skills.

If you do hazardous tasks like using chain saws or pesticides, you’ll need a Certificate of Competence for each task. LANTRA and City & Guilds Land Based Services have more details.

Required Skills

  • A keen interested in plants, shrubs, trees and all aspects of gardening
  • Physically fit
  • Practical
  • Prepared to work outside in all weathers

Starting Salary

£16,000 to £25,000

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