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  • Horticulture is where art, science, design and commerce meet – with challenging and rewarding careers no matter what your background or interests. (Credit: National Trust Picture Library – Paul Harris)
  • Parks and urban green spaces help cool temperatures, reduce wind speeds and absorb pollution and flood water.
  • Horticulture is creative, changes by the seasons and makes places interesting, vibrant and healthier.
  • A top-quality football pitch contains 150 – 200,000 leaf blades in every square metre. Every one of them needs skilled care and attention.
  • Nurturing a seed as it turns into a flower is watching a small miracle every day. Horticulture is full of magic and mystery.
  • 37 million people enjoy visiting and sitting under the 135,000 trees in London’s Royal Parks each year. All those trees need expert care and pruning.

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Our world would be nothing without plants. They feed us, keep us warm and dry, clean our air and provide us with a beautiful, green environment to live in. Working with plants, from designing and building a new city park to developing new food crops can be incredibly rewarding and there is a wealth of career options to choose from. GROW Careers is your starting point to find out more.

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Chris' Story

Chris' Story

Garden designer and TV presenter Chris Beardshaw explains why he loves working in the horticultural industry and how he got into the profession. read on

 




Career Profiles

Me & My Job - Claire Austin, owner, Claire Austin Hardy Plants

How did you get started in the industry? Having returned from Tanzania in 1983, my then husband wanted a change...

 

Me & My Job - Alex Hankey, third-year diploma student, Kew

How did you get started in the industry? I did work experience when I was 15 at my local nursery...

 

Me & My Job - Stuart Charles Towner, garden designer, Hambrooks

How did you get started in the industry? Before Hambrooks I was at a local garden centre - Keydell Nurseries...

 

Me & My Job - Tim Howell, managing director, landscaping, MITIE

How did you get started in the industry? I've always had an interest in the outdoor life so landscaping seemed...

 

Me & My Job - Mike Seaton, managing director, The Lawn Company

How did you get started in the industry? Back in 1981, I started as an assistant groundsman at Wellington College...

 
 

Horticulture Career News

Jessica Evans. Image: CIH

Young Horticulturist of the Year announced

Jessica Evans, head gardener at Tintinhull Gardens, has won the prestigious Chartered Institute of Horticulture's 2015 Young Horticulturist of the...

 
Writtle students, L-R: Hamish Porteous, Michelle Fisher, Ben Francis, Melissa Jade Griffiths, William Innes-Taylor

Writtle College students to man showcase Chelsea exhibit

A team of young people - including Writtle College students - will run the largest exhibit in the RHS Chelsea...

 
ESME's Peter Arnold, centre left, with SRUC students, from left: Kellie MacAndrew, Ben Ryan and Janet Woodburn

SRUC students in a spin over Gardening Scotland plans

Garden design students from Scotland's Rural College turned to a group of model engineers to help them build a show...

 
Capel Manor College to create stumpery for Chelsea

Capel Manor College to create stumpery for Chelsea

Capel Manor College staff and students are creating a Victorian-inspired stumpery for this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

 
Young horticulturalists get set for grand final

Young horticulturalists get set for grand final

The grand final of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture Young Horticulturist of the Year (YHoY) is to be held on...

 
 

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Horticulture Jobs
Part Time Gardener, Private Estate Tilford
£12-£14 per hour; Negotiable, depending upon experience. , Tilford, Farnham
HEAD GARDENER, Heveningham Hall Estate
£32,000 per annum , Heveningham Hall, near Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 0PN
Head Trainer - 27088, Anders Plus
£30K- 35K doe, London (South), London (Greater)
Landscape Foreman - E124, Horticruitment
£25,000 - £33,000 DOE, Oxfordshire
Garden Centre Manager - S214, Horticruitment
£30,000, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Horticulture Career Events

Writtle College - further education information event

27 June 2015, Writtle College University of Essex

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Writtle College - University-level Open Day

04 July 2015, Writtle College University of Essex

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Writtle College - further education information event

03 December 2015, Writtle College University of Essex

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