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Landscaper Landscape gardener, landscape designer

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

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £16,000 to £30,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set requirements, but most employers will expect you to have horticulture knowledge and experience.

You could gain useful skills by doing a college course in horticulture. The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has details of RHS qualifications and course providers. City and Guilds Land Based Services and Lantra Awards have details of other relevant short courses.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

You may need a driving licence to get to work and transport your tools. You might also need a CSCS card if you work on construction sites. You’ll need to be fit for lifting, bending and digging.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • creativity
  • the ability to work with garden design drawings
  • organisational skills
  • practical skills to work with a variety of tools, and possibly small plant machinery
  • business skills, if you decide to become self-employed

3. What you'll do

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

4. Salary

Starter: £16,000 to £20,000

Experienced: £24,000

Highly Experienced: £30,000

These figures are a guide.

Self-employed landscapers can set their own rates.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work up to 40 hours a week, including early starts and some weekend work.

You’ll spend a lot of time outdoors, in all weathers, unless you’re working in interior areas.

You’ll need to wear protective clothes like overalls and a hard hat, which will be supplied by employers. A driving licence would be useful to travel to the sites you’re working on.

6. Career path and progression

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.

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Last updated: 06 March 2017