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Information and resources to help you start or develop your career in horticulture, including qualifications and courses for work in plant production, professional gardening, landscape design & construction, arboriculture, greenkeeping, groundsmanship and garden retailing.  Information on this page is compiled in association with Grow.

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Landscape training - Skills factor

Landscape training - Skills factor

Landscape business that go the extra mile to train apprentices are now earning greater recognition in the battle against skills shortages, Jez Abbott reports.

Apprenticeships - Trailblazers emerge

Apprenticeships - Trailblazers emerge

Industry bodies have been setting up trailblazer groups to establish horticulture apprenticeships under the Government's new framework, Jonathan Tilley reports.

Apprenticeships: Employers in charge

Apprenticeships: Employers in charge

Major Government changes to apprenticeships put employers in the driving seat. Is horticulture ready? Jez Abbott finds out.

Careers - Growing and selling

Careers - Growing and selling

Business and marketing knowhow is just as important as plant knowledge for those producing and selling plants, Rachel Anderson finds.

Careers - Landscape skills

Careers - Landscape skills

Skills in community engagement, sustainability and IT are among the new essentials for amenity horticulture and landscaping, Rachel Anderson hears.

Careers In Horticulture - Next generation

Careers In Horticulture - Next generation

Coming up through the ranks, the YoungHorts tell Sarah Cosgrove why they want to work in the industry.

Recruitment shift

Recruitment shift

Horticultural colleges are finding new ways to attract recruits after fees were forced up for older students, Jack Shamash reports.

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Career Profiles

Me & My Job - Tom Sharples, senior horticultural manager, Suttons Seeds
Me & My Job - John Simmonds, nursery manager, Bridgemere

Me & My Job - John Simmonds, nursery manager, Bridgemere

How did you get started in the industry? I fell into it as a schoolboy needing pocket money, worked in Lincolnshire for a bulb grower then helped to diversify the company into cut flowers as a supplier to the major flower packers in Spalding.

Me & My Job - Alan North, head gardener, Audley End

Me & My Job - Alan North, head gardener, Audley End

Q: How did you get started in the industry? A: I always wanted to have a career that allowed me to be outdoors and practical, but also something real and purposeful. When I spotted a trainee gardener position at Madingley Hall I jumped at the chance and never looked back

Me & My Job - Rob Adamson, sales manager, New Forest Plants
Me & My Job - Mark Wilson, depot manager, Orange Plant
Me & My Job - Steve Austin, product manager, Hillier Nurseries