Agriculture

Landscaper

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

Annual Salary

£16,000 to £30,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

38 to 40 a week

You could work: weekends; flexibly

What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • discussing clients’ needs
  • working from plans made by garden designers or landscape architects
  • ordering supplies
  • preparing the ground or interior space
  • turfing and seeding lawns
  • planting and pruning trees and shrubs
  • putting in new plants
  • installing features like paving, paths, water features and rock gardens
  • advising the client on how to look after the space
  • providing 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 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 2 Diploma in Horticulture and Amenity Horticulture
  • Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture
  • Level 3 Certificate or Diploma in Horticulture

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 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
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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.

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
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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.

More information

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

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
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of English language
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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