Professional bodies - knowledge bases

All branches of horticulture have representative bodies that are further sources of careers advice, professional support and job vacancies.

GENERAL

Horticulture Week (www.hortweek.com) is the only magazine covering the breadth of the UK horticulture industry. The weekly print magazine, available for subscription by calling 020 8606 7500, carries the widest selection of job vacancies in the industry. Many of these jobs, and others, are listed on the website www.horticulturejobs.co.uk.

Grow provides an online introduction to careers in horticulture. See www.growcareers.info.

The Horticultural Trade Association is the representative body for the garden industry, and is a useful source of information on work-based training in particular. Call 0118 930 3132 or visit www.the-hta.org.uk.

The Royal Horticultural Society is the main UK body promoting gardening and horticulture to the general public. It runs courses and school education activities, and manages four garden properties, including Wisley in Surrey, which showcase the best in British horticulture. Call 0845 260 5000 or visit www.rhs.org.uk/courses.

The Institute of Horticulture offers a range of career advice, including continuing professional development. Call 020 7936 5957 or visit www.horticulture.org.uk.

Lantra is the Government's sector skills council for land-based industries, which includes horticulture. Among other things it helps set and promote qualifications. Call 0845 707 8007 or visit www.ajobin.com or www.lantracoursefinder.co.uk.

National Farmers Union's website www.nfuonline.com has a section on production horticulture.

RETAIL

The Garden Centre Group, formerly Wyevale, is the country's largest garden retailer. It has recently launched a nationwide management trainee programme. See www.wyevalecareers.co.uk.

The second-largest British chain, Dobbies, has also expanded since its takeover by Tesco. See www.dobbies.com/careers/c.

The largest independent garden centre group is Klondyke, which is concentrated in Scotland and the north of England. See www.klondyke.co.uk/careers.

LANDSCAPE

The Landscape Institute is the chartered body for landscape architects and designers. Call 020 7299 4500, visit the Landscape Institute careers portal at www.iwanttobealandscapearchitect.com, or see www.landscapeinstitute.org/recruitment for details of vacancies.

The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) represents professional landscape contractors. It has a dedicated jobs website at www.bali-jobshop.org.uk.

PARKS

GreenSpace promotes the role of parks in public policy. Its website lists some vacancies in the sector. Call 0118 946 9060 or visit www.green-space.org.uk/jobs.

The Royal Parks manages many of London's best-known parks. It has its own apprenticeship programme, Grow in the Parks. See www.royalparks.org.uk/grow or call 020 7298 2119.

Your local council may also have a parks apprenticeship programme. If you don't know the name or contact details of your council, look on www.direct.gov.uk.

HISTORIC AND BOTANIC

The National Trust is a major employer of professional gardeners. It runs the three-year Careership scheme for trainee gardeners, as well as offering a wide range of volunteering opportunities in its properties. Call 01793 817400 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk or www.ntjobs.org.uk.

The National Trust for Scotland is a separate charity looking after Scotland's heritage. It too runs a garden apprenticeship scheme, besides its highly respected specialist gardening course at Threave, Dumfries and Galloway. Occasional gardening vacancies also appear on its website. Call 0844 493 2100 or visit www.nts.org.uk.

English Heritage is a government agency that looks after more than 400 properties in England, many with important gardens or landscapes. See www.english-heritage.org.uk/jobs.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is also a major employer of gardeners. See www.cwgc.org.

The Professional Gardeners' Guild represents gardeners in public and private gardens. It runs a traineeship programme for experienced gardeners, and publishes a frequent Jobsheet for members. Call 01362 687026 or visit www.pgg.org.uk.

Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) is an umbrella organisation for botanic gardens worldwide. Its website lists jobs in many parts of the world. Call 020 8332 5953 or visit www.bgci.org/worldwide/jobs/.

ARBORICULTURE

The Arboricultural Association is the main professional body for arborists, running courses and an approved contractor scheme. Call 01794 368717 or visit www.trees.org.uk/education.php.

GROUNDSMANSHIP

The Institute Of Groundsmanship (IoG) is the main industry body for grounds managers. It provides extensive training. Call 01908 312511 or visit www.iog.org.

The British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) is a separate organisation for the golfing world. It also provides training and is a source of job vacancies. Call 01347 833800 or visit www.bigga.org.uk.


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