About Horticulture

Horticulturists work in a range of different areas from helping farmers by researching plants and providing them with information on how to improve growth, to helping develop plants for nurseries and garden centres which would need to be grown in large quantities whilst retaining quality and maintaining a good price.

A horticulturist will know the science behind the different plants, flowers and greenery, they will conduct research into gardening, landscaping, plant propagation, crop production, plant breeding, genetic engineering, plant biochemistry and plant physiology with a view to helping develop resistance to pests and disease or creating gardens, recreational areas and parks to help preserve our natural resources.

In Norfolk the John Innes Centre specialises in researching many areas including plant health, crop sustainability and future food supplies all of which inevitably plays a role in all our daily lives.

Horticulture is also the sector the makes sure our countryside is preserved and public places such as forests, woodlands, nature reserves, gardens and endangered plants are maintained, this is very important for lots of reasons, such as tourism and the environment!

There are a whole range of different job roles that you could do within the sector from head gardener, weed control technician, horticultural manager, plant scientist to forestry worker and greenkeeper.

The Agriculture industry as a whole has lots of good websites and many openings for training. Have a look and see what you can find locally to you!

Did You Know?
In 2014 the Utilised Agricultural Area (UAA) in the UK was 17.2 million hectares. That's 71% of our total land area!

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Staff Supervisor
Salary:
£11
Location:
Ipswich / Woodbridge, Suffolk
You will be supervising & working with a small team of field staff walking arable crops in your local area pulling out various unwanted plants. Although this is straight forward it can be very hard work & physically demanding. Excellent stamina is required. If...
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Green Keeper Apprentice : Diss Golf Club
Closing Date:
28th June 2019
Salary:
£163.80 p/w
Location:
Diss, Norfolk
A fantastic opportunity to develop a career as a professional green keeper.
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Horticultural Apprentice : Howard Nurseries Ltd
Closing Date:
26th July 2019
Salary:
£152.10 p/w
Location:
Wortham, Norfolk
To assist in a range of departments at Howard Nurseries Ltd on a part time basis along side studying for a qualification in horticulture.
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Apprentice Groundsperson (Sports Turf) : VORTEX GROUNDS MAINTENANCE
Closing Date:
10th June 2019
Salary:
£150.00 p/w
Location:
Norwich, Norfolk
An exciting opportunity to begin a career as an apprentice Horticultural Groundsperson with a company dedicated to delivering outstanding quality and service to each and every client.
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Field Worker
Location:
East Anglia
We have full and part time field worker positions available from May until October each year.
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Heritage Farm Volunteer Role
Closing Date:
27th March 2020
Salary:
n/a - Volunteer position
Location:
Stowmarket, Suffolk
The museum is looking for people to help run our brand new Heritage Farm, the farm will be opening to the public in May/June 2019 but we need a hand getting everything ready as well as looking after the area once it has opened. We will have cows, sheep, ho...
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