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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

There are no set requirements, but most employers will expect you to have horticulture knowledge and experience.

You could gain useful skills by doing a college course in horticulture. The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has details of RHS qualifications and course providers. City and Guilds Land Based Services and Lantra Awardshave details of other relevant short courses.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

You may need a driving licence to get to work and transport your tools. You might also need a CSCS card if you work on construction sites. You’ll need to be fit for lifting, bending and digging.

Career Path and Progression

In larger firms, you could progress to a supervisory or management position. With experience, you could become a self-employed contractor. 

You could also move into a teaching role.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Fence installer
  • Gardener
  • Groundsperson
  • Horticultural worker

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

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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