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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Apprentice Gardener
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Closing Date:
19th June 2022
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£6.50 per hour
Location:
Newmarket, Suffolk
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Park Casual
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20th June 2022
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£9.90 Per hour
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Norwich, Norfolk
Being a successful water company does not come easy! Our people are important to us Interested in a role that is both fast paced and varied? Then why not consider joining the Taverham Mill Nature Reserve & Fishery team as a Park Assistant. In your role you wil...
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Thetford Conservation Group: mid-end April 2022
Sessions run from 10.30am – 1.00pm on Wednesday and Thursday mornings.  Join us for either – or both!
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Green Care Worker
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29th April 2022
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£12 per hour (approx. £9,380 per annum)
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Ipswich, Suffolk
ActivLives is looking for a creative and experienced person to plan, prepare and run gardening / horticultural activities for people who may experience mental health, disabilities, learning disabilities and/or long-term health conditions.
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NEAT conservation volunteering April programme
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28th April 2022
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Various locations across Norfolk
It’s traditionally a quiet time of year for conservation work, but we have got an almost full programme concentrating on improving pathways and some spring meadow cuts.
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