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Landscaper

Landscapers create and maintain gardens, parks and other outdoor and indoor areas.

Annual Salary

£16,000 to £25,000

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

Working hours

38 to 40 a week

You could work: weekends; flexibly

Day to day tasks

On a typical day you may:

  • discuss clients’ needs
  • work from plans made by garden designers or landscape architects
  • order supplies
  • prepare the ground or interior space
  • turf and seed lawns
  • plant and prune trees and shrubs
  • put in new plants
  • install features like paving, paths, water features and rock gardens
  • advise the client on how to look after the space
  • provide on-going maintenance

Working environment

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work in a garden, at a client's business, at a client's home or at a garden centre.

Your working environment may be physically demanding and outdoors in all weathers.

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly
  • specialist courses run by a professional body
College

You may find it useful to build up your skills by doing a course, like:

  • Level 1 Diploma in Skills for Working in Horticulture Industries
  • Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture
  • Level 3 Certificate or Diploma in Horticulture
  • T Level in Agriculture, Land Management and Production

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a level 1 course
  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 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
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Apprenticeship

You can get into this job through a horticulture and landscape operative intermediate apprenticeship, which has 2 options:

  • horticulture
  • landscape construction

You could move onto a landscape supervisor advanced apprenticeship as you get more experience.

To become a landscaping project or site manager you could do a horticulture and landscaping technical manager higher apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
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Work

You could start as an assistant landscaper and work your way up.

If you have some related work experience, this could help you to get an assistant job.

Direct application

There are no formal requirements to be a landscaper, but most employers will expect you to have some horticulture knowledge and experience.

Other routes

The Royal Horticultural Society offers courses which are suitable if you want to learn more about gardening, or if you want to get qualifications that will help you get a job in horticulture.

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Professional and industry bodies

You can apply for membership of the British Association of Landscape Industries for advice, training support and details of job vacancies.

Further information

You can find out more about becoming a landcaper from:The Royal Horticultural Society; GoLandscape; Grow Careers

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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.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • physical skills like lifting, bending and carrying
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • physical fitness and endurance
  • knowledge of English language
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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