Landscaper

Alternative titles for this job include Landscape gardener, landscape designer

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

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter

to

£26,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 42 a week

You could work

weekends flexibly

How to become

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How to become a landscaper

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly
  • a specialist training course

College

You could take a college course to get some of the skills you might need as a landscaper. For example:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture
  • Level 3 Certificate in Landscape Construction
  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture
  • T Level in Agriculture, Land Management and Production

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level

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Apprenticeship

You could do an apprenticeship, such as:

  • Horticulture or Landscape Construction Operative Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship
  • Landscape or Horticulture Supervisor Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship

These take between 2 and 3 years to complete.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Work

You could start as an assistant landscaper with a company and work your way up through training and promotion.

It might be helpful to have some related work experience when you apply for jobs.

Direct Application

There are no set requirements to be a landscaper. However, most employers will expect you to have some knowledge and experience in gardening or horticulture.

Other Routes

You could take a course with the Royal Horticultural Society to learn more about the industry or do a qualification that may help you to get a job.

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Professional and industry bodies

You can apply to become a member of the British Association of Landscape Industries for professional development.

Further information

You can find out more about becoming a landscaper from:

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • physical skills like lifting, bending and carrying
  • customer service skills
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • physical fitness and endurance
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a landscaper, you would:

  • prepare sites for landscaping, using tools and machinery
  • work from a plan made by a garden designer or landscape architect
  • plant flowers, shrubs and trees, order supplies and sow lawns
  • build paths, walls, water features and rock gardens
  • advise clients on how to look after their green spaces

Working environment

You could work in a garden, at a client's business, at a client's home or at a garden centre.

Your working environment may be physically demanding and outdoors in all weathers.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience you could:

  • do a Horticulture and Landscaping Technical Manager Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship to progress into a management role
  • become a landscape supervisor or landscape manager
  • set up your own landscaping business
  • specialise in landscape design
  • train future landscapers at a land-based college or training provider

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Groundskeeper

  • Wage: £21,001.50 Annually
  • Location: South Chailey, Lewes

Apprentice Horticulture Assistant

  • Wage: £10,982.40 to £21,673.60 Annually
  • Location: Not known

Courses In England

Level 2 Horticulture (Landscape Gardening)

  • Provider: WILTSHIRE COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY CENTRE
  • Start date: 02 September 2024
  • Location: Chippenham

Landscape Construction and Horticulture Level 3

  • Provider: ACTIVATE LEARNING
  • Start date: 11 September 2024
  • Location: Guildford

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