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Horticultural manager

A horticultural manager grows plants commercially for use in parks, gardens and public spaces.

Annual Salary

£24,000 to £34,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

44 to 46 a week

You could work: weekends; on a rota

3%
Future employment

There will be 3% more Horticultural manager jobs in 2026.
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Day to day tasks

On a typical day you may:

  • prepare and update operational and business plans
  • keep records and manage budgets and accounts
  • analyse costs
  • develop new products and markets, and negotiate with suppliers
  • design layouts and develop planting programmes
  • schedule the planting and harvesting of crops
  • manage pest, disease and weed control programmes
  • make sure health and safety regulations and procedures are followed
  • recruit and manage a skilled and trained workforce

Working environment

You could work in an office or at a garden centre.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • a graduate training scheme
University

You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a subject like:

  • horticulture and management
  • commercial horticulture
  • horticulture and plant science

Courses that include the opportunity to gain practical work experience through placements, internships or a year in industry may give you an advantage.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
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College

You could work towards this role by doing a college course in a relevant subject like:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Horticulture
  • Level 3 Certificate in Practical Horticulture
  • T Level in Agriculture, Land Management and Production
  • Level 4 Diploma in Horticultural Practice

You can also complete Royal Horticultural Society qualifications.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level
  • 1 or 2 A levels, a level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a level 4 or level 5 course
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Apprenticeship

You can work towards a management job by starting on a horticulture supervisor advanced apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements but it may help you to get in if you have:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
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Work

You could work your way into this job by starting as a horticultural worker and applying for promotion when you have more experience and qualifications.

Other routes

Some larger companies have graduate management trainee schemes for the fresh food, produce and arable industries. You'll usually need a degree to apply.

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Further information

You can find out more about becoming a horticultural manager from The Royal Horticultural Society and Grow Careers.

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You could move to a senior management position or set up your own nursery or garden centre.

You could complete The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Master of Horticulture qualification, if you have the RHS Level 3 Diploma or equivalent and at least 4 years of experience.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • knowledge of biology
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • business management skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to motivate and manage staff
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • customer service skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
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