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!

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Conservation volunteering - April 2024
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30th April 2024
People can leave their worries behind when they come out on one of our conservation activities, as we provide all the necessary tools and equipment, and all the training/guidance they will need to do the job. This month we are getting quite constructive, with...
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Conservation volunteering - March 2024
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31st March 2024
Spring is in the air (“boing”, said Zebedee) so it’s time to get our tree planting finished (at Sprowston, Hingham and Horsford, where ‘urricanes ‘ardly ever ‘appen) and then we move on to pastures new. Well, strictly speaking it’s meadows new as we will be p...
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Trials Coordinator Apprenticeship - The British Society of Plant Breeders
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10th May 2024
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£ 15652 per year
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Ely,, Cambs
Employer Description We are a membership organisation who represent plant breeders in the UK. Our members range from large multi nationals to independent SMEs. Our activities range from Royalty collection on protected varieties, Trials operations to see new va...
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Positive Thoughts and a friendly shove to Just do it!
When I was 15 and trying to decide what A-levels I wanted to choose, I had no idea what I wanted to do! I loved Art and could describe in words vividly what I wanted to say, so I chose History of Art, Art and English. After that I was considering a Foundation...
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Conservation volunteering - February 2024
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29th February 2024
Well February made me shiver, with every task day I deliver...good news in your Inbox though, as whatever the weather we will be out and about looking after local green spaces, keeping warm by keeping active and eating the odd biscuit - although if it looks re...
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Conservation Volunteering - January 2024 (Part 2)
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31st January 2024
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Norwich, Norfolk
FREE Minibus leaves at 10am from the Corner of Queens Road & Brazen Gate, by the traffic lights next to the big Sainsbury's car park, near Norwich bus station [what3words: single.affair.robe]. If you would like to get a lift from near UEA, please ask. Bookin...
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