Be responsible for some of the most beautiful public grounds and gardens. This job will allow you to flex your creative muscles whilst staying active in the great outdoors
- Responsible for extensive gardens and grounds
- Raise plants from seeds or cuttings
- Dig, plant and weed flower beds
- Prune shrubs
- Monitor the health of plants
- Apply nutrients to plants
- Using labour-saving equipment to cut the lawns and hedges, transport garden rubbish, fertiliser and manure, and roll the lawns
- Machines must be taken kept clean and regularly serviced
- You may have to take on special projects such as constructing water features, patios and fences
- Able to complete physical and very demanding tasks
- Some Gardening experience will be beneficial
Qualifications and Training
You do not need to have any particular qualifications to be a gardener but you must show a strong interest – and some gardening experience will help you.
There are various college courses and apprenticeships which will help you get the experience you need.
A Gardener can expect to earn up to £20,000 a year.
Salary rates vary depending upon your experience, as well as the company. These figures are only intended as a guide.*
The bonus bits…
- You’re given a considerable scope for creativity i.e. selecting suitable plants, shrubs and trees, and the garden layout
- Working outside!
*Figures from the National Careers Service October 2013