Career outlook for horticultural worker
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would grow plants for decoration or to produce food, sell plants in a garden centre or look after plants in parks and gardens.
You could grow plants for:
- Production horticulture, where you’d produce and sell plants either for food or decoration
- Garden centres where you’d sell plants to the public
- Parks and gardens where you’d look after plants in private gardens, public parks and green spaces, historic gardens or botanic gardens
The day-to-day tasks would vary depending on the season. You would:
- Sow seeds and plant bulbs and ornamental plants
- Grow plants from cuttings and by grafting
- Take care of plants by watering, weeding, pruning, feeding and spraying
- Mow grass, cut dead growth and branches and do general tidying
- Lay paths and look after ornamental features
Depending on the job you could also pick, sort and package produce to be sent to retailers. If you work in a garden centre you could sell plants and other products and advise the customers.
You’d need to be enthusiastic about plants and follow health and safety regulations.
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