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What's it like?

You would construct, plant and look after gardens and parks to make pleasant environments for people to live, work and relax in.

You’d make the most of the land or space you are working with to make it look attractive. Some landscapers specialise in interior projects with plants and garden features, often in shopping centres or large office blocks.

The work would vary depending on whether you are working inside or outside, the time of year and the condition of the space you are given. You’d need to use a variety of tools, and possibly also machines like small mechanical diggers.

You would follow the designs drawn up by garden designers or landscape architects. You’d use your knowledge of plants to ensure that they grow and thrive.

You would:

  • Discuss requirements with clients
  • Work from design plans
  • Order supplies
  • Prepare the ground or interior space
  • Turf and seed lawns
  • Plant and prune trees and shrubs
  • Put in new plants
  • Build features like paving, paths and water features
  • Construct rock or water gardens

After completing a project, you’d advise the client on how to look after the space. You’d offer an on-going maintenance service.

Working conditions


As a landscaper, you will usually work up to 40 hours a week. This will include early starts and some weekend work.


Unless all your jobs are dealing with interior landscaping, you will spend a lot of time outdoors, in all weather conditions. Your work will often be physically demanding as you will be digging, pushing loaded wheelbarrows and laying paving slabs. You will need to wear protective clothes like overalls, gloves, ear protectors and hard hats. If you work for an employer, they will usually provide these for you.


It will be useful to have a driving licence and access to your own vehicle, as you will need to travel to the sites you are working on.

UK employment status



Self employed

Here are some of the skills that people in this job would be most likely to have:

  • Working as part of a team
  • Following instructions
  • Working on your own
  • Working with your hands
  • Being physically fit
  • Budgeting
  • Planning and organising
  • Time management

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Getting in

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.


There are no formal qualifications required to enter this job but most entrants have a qualification in garden design, horticulture or landscape design or a similar subject.

Experience in garden design, horticulture, or landscape design is usually required. Qualifications that demonstrate this experience such as a Higher National Certificate (SCQF level 7) or Higher National Diploma (SCQF level 8) in Landscape Management (SCQF level 7).

Alternatively you can gain relevant work-based qualifications such as Scottish Vocational Qualification in Landscaping (SCQF level 2). 

To enter a Landscape Management Higher National Certificate (SCQF level 7) or Higher National Diploma (SCQF level 8) requires National 5 qualifications and one to two Highers. 

Useful subjects

  • A science subject is required by most courses; biology or environmental science may be particularly useful. 
  • Maths
  • English
  • Geography