Gardeners grow and look after plants in parks, gardens and other green spaces.

Day-to-day tasks

As a gardener, you will:

  • raise and look after plants from seeds or cuttings
  • dig, plant and weed flower beds and borders
  • tidy overgrown shrubs and trees and clear paths
  • control pests that damage plants
  • use equipment safely, like lawn mowers and hedge trimmers
  • build items such as sheds, patios or fences

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to operate and control equipment
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • physical skills like lifting, bending and reaching
  • ambition and a desire to succeed and be self motivated

Industry Qualifications

You might find it helpful when looking for work if you have some practical experience, for instance from working in a garden centre.

You could also start as an assistant gardener with an organisation and work your way up.

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