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This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Landscaper. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Landscaper
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Landscaper Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Landscapers construct and maintain gardens, parks, sports grounds and other outdoor areas. They also work on interior landscaping projects, often in shopping centres or large office blocks.

The work involves preparing the ground (including earthworks and drainage), turfing and seeding lawns, planting trees and shrubs, putting in bedding plants, and pruning trees and shrubs when required. Some landscapers specialise in a particular skill such as laying paving, constructing rock or water gardens, or seeding lawns; others carry out a wide range of tasks.

Large-scale work may involve interpreting plans and drawings, and using mini-diggers and excavators, tractor-mounted equipment, and possibly dump trucks. On small-scale projects landscapers use hand-operated equipment such as garden mowers and rotavators, as well as spades, forks and other garden tools. Cement mixers and stone-cutting saws are used for paving; chainsaws and climbing equipment for treework.

The type of work undertaken is dictated by the time of year and the state of the ground, which can be very dry, frozen or muddy. All jobs require landscapers to liaise with clients on site, and there is usually some contact with suppliers.

Hours and Environment

The basic working week is 39 hours, but is likely to include overtime at weekends. Early starts are common.

Landscapers work outdoors in all weathers conditions. It is physically demanding and includes digging, pushing loaded wheelbarrows and laying paving slabs. There will be exposure to noise, dirt, sawdust, engine exhaust emissions and pesticides.

Travelling to a job may take up a lot of time, and some jobs involve temporary lodging away from home.

Skills and Interests

To be a landscaper you should:

  • be physically fit to cope with strenuous tasks
  • be creative, with the ability to interpret drawings
  • be interested in the environment and in plants and their effective use
  • be able to work quickly to meet deadlines
  • have organisational skills to co-ordinate work with other tradespeople
  • have practical skills to work with a variety of tools.


Educational qualifications are not always needed, but employers may prefer people with experience in horticulture. Some full-time college courses may have minimum entry requirements, and candidates may need one years experience in landscape or horticultural work. Relevant courses include:

BTEC First Diploma in Horticulture or Landscape Studies
BTEC National Certificate in Horticulture with options in Landscape Construction, Design or Practice
BTEC National Diploma in Amenity Horticulture with Landscape Studies/Construction/Technology
SQA Certificate in Landscape Construction
SQA HNC in Landscape Contract Management.
Those with A levels/H grades or equivalent qualifications could consider three-year degree and two-year HND courses in Landscape Construction, Landscape Management and similar subjects. These also usually need at least one science subject at GCSE/S grade (A-C/1-3) or A level/H grade.
For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
An Access to Higher Education qualification may also be accepted for entry to certain courses. If experienced in a related field, you may be able to gain recognition of skills through Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Please check with colleges or universities for exact entry requirements.

A driving licence may be useful.


People working in landscaping, including those on training schemes, can work towards NVQs/SVQs at Levels 1 to 4 in Amenity Horticulture with options in landscaping.

Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (MAPPs) may be available for people aged 16-24.
For details see: MAPPs (England); Skillseekers MAPPs (Scotland); National Traineeships MAPPs (Wales); and MAPPs (Northern Ireland).


Most landscapers are employed by landscape contractors and by local authority parks'' departments. A few openings exist with the National Trust, English Heritage and botanical gardens. Contractors usually employ a mix of permanent staff and sub-contractors, whom they hire as the volume of work requires. To some extent the work is seasonal, with more opportunities in the summer.

In larger firms, progression to chargehand, foreman/woman or contracts manager may be possible. With experience, landscapers may become self-employed.

Annual Income

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

New entrant landscapers earn from around £10,000 to £16,000 a year.
Experienced landscapers could earn from £19,000 to over £25,000.

Income for landscapers varies depending on location and experience. Overtime payments may supplement income.

Further information

Stoneleigh Park
Nr Coventry
Tel: 0845 707 8007

Institute of Horticulture
14-15 Belgrave Square
Tel: 020 7245 6943

Other Useful Landscaper Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Landscaper job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

Locations where we feature Jobs include:-
Aberdeen, Berkshire, Aberdeen, Bath, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cambridgeshire, Cardiff, Central London, Cheltenham, Cornwall, Coventry, Derby, Devon, Docklands, Dorset, Dundee, Durham, East Midlands, East Sussex, Edinburgh, Essex, Glasgow, Gloucester, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leeds, Leicester, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Midlands and in various parts of the West Midlands

Details of other Landscaper Jobs can also be found in other UK wide areas including:-
Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Norfolk, North London, North Midlands, Northampton, Northamptonshire, Northern Ireland, Northumberland, Norwich, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Plymouth, Salisbury, Scotland, Sheffield, Shropshire, Somerset, South East, South London, South Midlands, Southampton, Staffordshire Surrey, Swansea, Swindon, Telford, Wales, Warwickshire, West End, West London, West Midlands, Worcestershire, York and throughout Yorkshire.

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