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A GROWTH
INDUSTRY
F

resh air, sunshine,
green space and
nature - what's
not to love about
working in
horticulture?
Of course, there's
much more to it than just spending time
outside, but being surrounded by plants
and trees - and helping them to thrive
- must surely be one of the most
satisfying careers for your soul.
Horticulture provides employment
for more than 50,000 people in the
UK, with the value of the UK industry
estimated to be £5billion per year.
Around 85% of the sector is made up
of small- and medium-sized enterprises.
So, what's in it for you?

Garden designer
As a garden designer, you could be
responsible for landscaping, designing
and replanting new areas within a park
or the grounds of a stately home; or you
may be commissioned to design new
gardens for individual clients. Most
designers are self-employed or work with
a business partner, although some work
for bigger garden design companies.
What skills do I need? You'll need
a qualification in garden design. A
horticulture qualification, such as an

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RHS diploma, would be valuable too.
Good design skills and a creative ability,
plus excellent communication skills,
are also important.
How can I progress? After getting
some experience with a garden design
company, you could decide to set up
your own business.
How much can I earn? Salaries start at
around £15,000, rising to £30,000 with
experience, depending on how many
garden design commissions you get.

Arboriculturist
Arboriculture involves planting,
growing, maintaining, managing
and removing trees and shrubs. An
arboricultural consultant will have
recognised qualifications in the care
and management of trees in parks,
gardens and other populated settings,
and will be able to give professional
advice on the health and safety of a tree,
often in the form of written technical
reports. An arboricultural contractor
- or tree surgeon - carries out pruning,
planting and felling jobs, and should
be able to identify pests and diseases.
What skills do I need? You'll need a
qualification in land-based studies,
rising to a diploma in arboriculture,
depending on the level you want to
achieve. You also need a good head for

Words: Tracey Lattimore. Images: Shutterstock

FANCY WORKING
IN THE GREEN AND
PLEASANT WORLD
OF HORTICULTURE?
HERE'S WHAT YOU
CAN EXPECT



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