Gardeners and landscape gardeners


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Gardeners and landscape gardeners cultivate flowers, trees, shrubs and other plants in public and private gardens, construct features to improve the appearance of existing terrain, and cut and lay turf.


There are no formal academic entry requirements. NVQs/SVQs in Horticulture are available at Levels 1, 2 and 3. Professional qualifications are also available.

Typical tasks

  • levels ground and installs drainage system as required;
  • prepares soil and plants and transplants, prunes, weeds and otherwise tends plant life;
  • protects plants from pests and diseases;
  • cuts and lays turf using hand and machine tools and repairs damaged turf;
  • prepares or interprets garden design plans;
  • moves soil to alter surface contour of land using mechanical equipment and constructs paths, rockeries, ponds and other features;
  • performs general garden maintenance.

Common job titles

Gardener, landscape
Technician, care, lawn
Pruner, tree (local government)
Foreman, landscape
Foreman (local government: parks dept)
Assistant, gardener's
Designer, garden
Contractor, gardening
Pruner (park)
Contractor, landscape

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.