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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would look after a garden or other green spaces like public parks, school and sports grounds so people can enjoy them all year round.
You’d grow and care for all types of plants like flowers, trees, shrubs and lawns.
- Raise plants from seeds or cuttings
- Dig, plant and weed flower beds and borders
- Prune shrubs
- Check the health of plants by identifying any pests or diseases and controlling them
- Give plants food and water
- Use machinery such as lawn mowers, rotovators and hedge trimmers
- Maintain high levels of presentation in public parks and gardens
- Clean and maintain tools and equipment
You could also design planting schemes for gardens. You’d use your knowledge of plants and creativity to select plants and position them so there’s something to see in the garden all year round.
You may also carry out basic building tasks, such as putting up sheds and building walls, fences and patios.
There are many different types of gardens you could work in, such as:
- Private gardens
- Green spaces around buildings
- Street plant displays
- Public parks and community gardens
- Botanical gardens like the Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh
- Historical gardens such as Inverewe Gardens in The Highlands or at heritage sites like Culzean Castle in Ayrshire
If you work in a garden that is open to the public you might also answer questions from visitors or lead garden walks.
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