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Gardeners work in one of two main areas. One is amenity horticulture, where they look after parks and gardens, both public and private, so that they look attractive all year. The other is commercial horticulture, where they grow fruit, vegetables, plants or trees for sale.

The Work

In amenity horticulture you could be:

In commercial horticulture you could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting salaries for gardeners in Scotland tend to be in the range £13,500 to £16,500 a year.

Salaries are in the region of £17,000 to £25,000 a year for experienced and qualified gardeners.

Senior or head gardeners can earn up to £30,000 a year, sometimes more.

Some gardeners are self-employed so their earnings will vary, depending on how successful they are.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Depending on the job, you could work in a plant or tree nursery, garden centre, orchard, vegetable farm, local authority park or nursery, garden open to the public or private estate or garden.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
7329
6.4 %
RISE
2023
7800
  United Kingdom
2018
71432
3 %
RISE
2023
73587

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

If you want to be a horticultural manager you also need to be:

Training

Getting On

More Information

Vacancies are often advertised in relevant trade magazines and websites including:

Volunteering can be a good way to build up useful gardening experience. The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) employs just over 100 full time gardeners and has around 35 major gardens and designed landscapes and 7 national nature reserves. They may be able to offer voluntary placements in some of their properties.

You might also be interested in finding out about therapeutic gardening and the work of Trellis, the national Scottish charity that supports, promotes, and develops the use of horticulture to improve health and wellbeing.

Grow is a horticultural careers website that you may also find useful.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Institute of Horticulture (IoH)
Tel: 0845 707 8007
Website: http://www.horticulture.org.uk/
Website (2): http://www.growcareers.info
Twitter: @CIHort
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CIHort

Lantra Scotland
Tel: 01738 310164
E-mail: scotland@lantra.co.uk
Website: http://www.lantra.co.uk/scotland
Twitter: @LantraScotland
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lantrascotland/

Lantra is the Sector Skills Council for the environmental and land-based sector.

National Trust for Scotland (NTS)
Tel: 0131 458 0200
E-mail: information@nts.org.uk
Website: http://www.nts.org.uk
Twitter: @N_T_S
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NationalTrustforScotland

Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)
E-mail: careerinfo@rhs.org.uk
Website: http://www.rhs.org.uk/
Twitter: @The_RHS
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhshome

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