Welcome to grow. The website for horticulture careers information.
Grow is an initiative set up by a group of influential organisations within the horticulture industry to inform people about horticultural careers and the range of fantastic opportunities horticulture has to offer. The web portal is backed by a schools pack which includes series of posters and careers information leaflets.
Grow is supported by the following organisations
English Heritage manages a number of historic parks and gardens. We:
• Give advice through our landscape architects on the restoration and care of historic landscapes
• Comment on planning applications affecting sites of outstanding national interest (Grade I and II* Registered sites)
• Compile the Register of Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England
• Provide grant aid for restoration projects of Grade I and II* sites and the London Squares Campaign, and advise on the Heritage Lottery Fund and other grants like the Countryside Stewardship Schemes
• Care for our own historic gardens and landscapes
See our web site: www.english-heritage.org.uk/parksandgardens
English Heritage also runs The Historic and Botanic Garden Bursary Scheme (HBGBS), which enables enthusiastic and committed horticulturalists to increase their horticultural and other technical skills through garden placements, staff secondments and practical training events in a range of historic and botanic gardens throughout the UK. To find out more about HBGBS, or current Garden Placement Opportunities, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Horticulture Week is the UK’s leading business weekly for the professional horticulture community, providing comprehensive news, analysis, opinion, technical reports, product and market data across all areas of the industry. Published since 1840, Horticulture Week includes coverage targeted specifically at professionals working in production horticulture (both ornamentals and edibles), historic and botanic gardens, parks, garden retail, contracting, landscape design, arboriculture and turf.
HorticultureWeek.co.uk is the premier website for professionals working within the UK’s vibrant horticulture industry. While keeping the professional horticulture community up-to-date with the latest market developments and trends, HorticultureWeek.co.uk also allows professionals to debate the big issues, discuss technical points or just find help via its unrivalled mix of forums, blogs, columns and market and technical data.
The Horticulture Week group includes market-leading publications, websites, exhibitions, awards schemes and networking events supporting the professional horticulture community in the UK.
Lantra is the Sector Skills Council for environmental and land-based industries. By working to ensure people can get the skills and training development they need, Lantra can help businesses profit, employees gain job satisfaction and people find the careers they desire. Visit www.lantra.co.uk.
For more information about careers in the environmental and land-based industries visit www.afuturein.com.
The National Farmers' Union champions British agriculture and horticulture and provides professional representation and services to its farmer and grower members. Our vision is for agriculture and horticulture to be dynamic, market-focused modern industries that offer solutions to society on the quality and security of its food supplies, the management of the countryside and mitigation of climate change.
The City of London Corporation owns and manages a number of open spaces, parks and gardens in and around London as part of its commitment to sustaining a world class city. Each open space is a unique resource managed for the use and enjoyment of the public and for the conservation of wildlife and historic landscape. A full list of sites and visitor information can be found on our website at: www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/openspaces or by contacting the Open Spaces Department on 0207 332 3505
The market-leading HTA is the largest trade association representing the gardening industry, with more than 100 years experience. With a turnover of £29 million, and employing more than 50 people, HTA membership includes 2,000 garden retailers, 700 retail nurseries, 500 wholesale growers, 300 landscape gardeners and over 100 garden industry suppliers. Its role is to:
• Provide market data and intelligence
• Assist in driving footfall to members’ businesses
• Provide training and technical expertise
• Assist members to improve business with various performance measurement and efficiency improvement tools
• Promote members’ interests with Government and media
• Develop the skills of people working in the gardening industry
The National Trust is one of the largest employers of professional gardeners in Britain and cares for some of the most beautiful and important gardens created over the last 400 years. No other organisation holds such complete examples of houses and buildings, their contents, gardens and settings, nor provides such extensive access and educational involvement. From the first small headland acquired, the Trust now looks after a spectacular range of coast, countryside and historic landscapes.
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a world famous scientific organisation, internationally respected for its outstanding living collection of plants and world-class herbarium as well as its scientific expertise in plant diversity, conservation and sustainable development in the UK and around the world.
Kew Gardens is a major international visitor attraction and its 132 hectares of landscaped gardens attract over one million visitors per year. Kew, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, celebrates its 250th anniversary in 2009. RBG Kew also manages Wakehurst Place, a 202 hectare garden in West Sussex that is home to Kew's Millennium Seed Bank, the largest wild plant seed bank in the world. Managed by the Seed Conservation Department and working with its partners by 2010 RBG Kew will have collected and conserved seed from 10 per cent of the world's wild flowering plant species (c.30,000 species) focusing on those that are most rare, endangered or of greatest economic use.
Kew’s educational programmes disseminate knowledge widely to research scientists and the public. RBG Kew have an active schools programme and are a major provider of educational programmes across the curriculum. We also offer post graduate opportunities in plant science and conservation. Horticulturists wishing to train at the gardens can choose between study for the Kew Diploma, our degree equivalent qualification, or practical training under the traineeship or apprenticeship route.
The Royal Horticultural Society is one of the world’s leading horticultural organisations and the UK’s leading gardening charity. Our mission is to be the leading organisation demonstrating excellence in horticulture and promoting gardening. We exist to provide advice, knowledge, skills and services to all who possess an interest in gardening and horticulture.
Our goal is to help people share a passion for plants, to encourage excellence in horticulture and inspire all those with an interest in gardening. We promote our commitment to gardeners and gardening through learning and education, research, advice, gardens, events, flower shows and our role in community horticulture.
The RHS School of Horticulture’s training programmes, has for over 100 years, been at the forefront of providing a means for horticultural students to convert the ‘chalk and talk’ of the classroom into practice, by producing gardeners who can get their hands dirty and know what they are doing.
Further information can be found at www.rhs.org.uk
CABE was the government’s advisor on architecture, urban design and public space. We encourage developers and policy makers to create places that work for people, this role in supporting good design is continuing in the new organisation of CABE at the Design Council.
CABE Space was a specialist unit within CABE that aimed to bring excellence to the design, management and maintenance of parks and public spaces in our towns and cities. We worked with local authorities and others to improve the quality of public spaces through direct advice, training and good practice guidance. Through our policy and research work we demonstrated the economic, social and environmental benefits of good quality public space and through campaigns, we sought to engage directly with the general public and the media to raise awareness about the importance of good quality public space.
On April 1st 2011 CABE merged with the Design Council. The Bishop review is underway to explore the level of design support that is needed across the country in the new economic and planning context. The outcomes of this will help us to focus our role and activities. If you would like to contribute visit www.designcouncil.org.uk.
Previous information can also be found at the CABE archive site at www.cabe.org.uk/publicspace.
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh was founded in the 17th century as a physic garden, growing medicinal plants. Today its mission is "to explore and explain the world of plants for a better future" and it is first and foremost a scientific institution, dedicated to discovering and describing plants and their relationships, evolution, conservation and biology. This research is underpinned by the Garden's internationally important collections of preserved and living plants across four diverse gardens, a large specialist library, and by modern well-equipped laboratories. Our work is then comminuted through a range of interpretative approaches and education programmes from primary school classes up to post-graduate qualifications.
Further information can be found at http://www.rbge.org.uk/
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Hampshire is a 180-acre garden and arboretum containing the most diverse collection of hardy trees and shrubs. The aim is to maintain and develop this collection for the benefit of horticulture, conservation, education and recreation. The garden has a mixture of formal and informal garden settings in addition to large areas of arboretum. Open all year, the garden attracts more than 130,000 visitors.
The garden welcomes horticultural students each year who spend between 1 and 12 months working and learning within the garden and plant collection.
The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is a charitable trust managed and operated by Hampshire County Council as the sole trustee.
The Hillier Arboretum is a Registered Charity - Reg 274737.
Further information can be found at www.hilliergardens.org.uk.
Capel Manor College
Capel Manor is a specialist college in land-based studies, with extensive experience of delivering courses in horticulture, animal care and saddlery, garden design, floristry, forestry and the countryside. The college is home to the National Gardening Centre, the Institute of Horticulture and Gardening Which? magazine, and is equipped with wide-ranging plant collections, horticultural machinery, specialist laboratories and design studios.
Our day and evening, full-time, part-time, professional short courses and Apprenticeships lead to nationally-recognised qualifications which lead in turn to employment or further study.
With five centres in London ’s north, south, east and west, 180 courses, and expert tutors teaching in idyllic surroundings, we are within reach of anyone with a passion for the great outdoors. Capel Manor’s show gardens in Enfield are also open to the public.
We are recognised as a Beacon College , with Matrix Accreditation for the quality of our student guidance and Investors in People recognition for the development of our staff.
For more information visit http://www.capel.ac.uk/
The Royal Parks are a fantastic national resource: 5,000 acres of green space, 280 monuments and fountains, 13 playgrounds, 5 pelicans and all completely free for everyone to enjoy. And people do enjoy the parks: around 30 million people walk, dine, laugh, relax, meditate and contemplate in the parks every year.
The eight Royal Parks are: Bushy Park, Green Park, Greenwich Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Regent's Park, Richmond Park and St James' Park. These parks are widely recognised as among the best of their kind in the world.
For further information on the Royal Parks, visit www.royalparks.org.uk.
Are you ready to grow a career in horticulture?
The Royal Parks Apprentice Programme is the ideal way to begin a career in parks and horticulture. As an apprentice gardener, you'll work and learn in one of London's finest parks and get paid while you complete your education. Apprentices will gain experience in amenity horticulture which involves the care and management of public and private gardens, sports grounds and green community areas. When you finish the three-year course, you'll be fully qualified as a skilled gardener with NVQ Levels II and III in amenity horticulture.
Apply now to be a Royal Parks apprentice - www.royalparksapprentice.org.uk.
Formed in 1977, The Professional Gardeners’ Guild is a society for Head Gardeners, Garden Managers and others involved in horticulture (such as Assistant Gardeners, Students, etc) employed within private gardens and establishments run in a similar way.
The Guild is managed entirely by fellow professional gardeners and is funded by membership subscriptions. It is the only organisation to cater solely for the professional interest of those employed in the private and heritage sectors and it aims to promote gardening as a profession.
The IoH represents all those professionally engaged in horticulture in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
Our main aim is to promote the profession and its importance in food and ornamental plant production, improving the environment, providing employment and as the leisure pursuit of gardening.
We are also developing CPD and mentoring schemes for our members and liaise with government and other bodies on matters of interest or concern.
Associate (AI Hort)
Member (MI Hort)
Fellow (FI Hort)
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Founded in 1964, The Arboricultural Association is the largest and most established UK body and authority for the amenity tree care profession. It has a membership base of over 2,000 members in government, commercial and educational employment at craft, technical, supervisory, managerial, tutor, consultancy and research level.
The Arboricultural Association the focal point for best practice in arboriculture, for certification and regulation of the industry, information, education and research.
In its function as voluntary regulator for the arboricultural industry, the Association publishes a directory of Registered Consultants and Approved Contractors, all of whom have reached standards of excellence in arboriculture.
The Association’s membership grade structure accommodates arboriculturists at every stage in their careers from students through to Consultant and Chartered Environmentalist status.
For more information visit: www.trees.org.uk
For over 25 years the HDC has commissioned high-quality, essential applied research, development and knowledge transfer for the benefit of UK horticulture.
The HDC has a responsibility for identifying research and communication priorities that address current issues, future challenges and potential opportunities to underpin horticultural sustainability and competitiveness.
For research to have real impact, it is essential that the results are communicated effectively.
The HDC achieves this through the delivery of events and the production of factsheets, research reports, technical summaries, training DVDs, wall charts, crop walkers’ guides, software programmes and the HDC News.
For more information visit: www.hdc.org.uk
SCI’s Horticulture Technical Interest Group aims to assist the transfer of horticultural science in its broadest sense into business practice.
We do this by providing career support for professionals as well as a forum for discussion and sharing of information on issues relevant to the full range of horticulture-related industries, public authorities, academics and other interested parties.
The Group brings together horticulturists and others working within the horticulture industry, in particular those concerned with the transfer of horticultural science into business practice.
For more information visit: www.soci.org/Membership-and-Networks/Technical-Groups/Horticulture-Group
MorePeople is a specialist Recruitment & Training business serving the produce, horticulture, garden & leisure, agriculture and fresh food sectors.
We provide a range of services that can be tailored to suit a variety of business requirements. This includes traditional recruitment solutions of hands-on junior managers and graduates, right up to senior board level directors, as well as other people centred services such as training & development, interim managers and non–executive directors.
The business is owned and managed by industry experienced professionals who have years of practical experience gained from actually working in these sectors. They do not simply posses 'a knowledge of' what these sectors are like but have been in your shoes. It is this experience that guarantees everyone a professional and understanding welcome at MorePeople.
Visit www.morepeople.co.uk for more information and to search our jobs
The Soil Association is the UK's leading charity campaigning for organic food, farming and land use. We are working to pioneer new food and farming solutions, make good food available to everyone and enable practical change on the ground.
Find out more about our work: www.soilassociation.org
We also run an Organic Apprenticeship Scheme which offers paid two year work-based placements with an organic farmer or grower. Find out more by emailing email@example.com
Info on organic horticulture
Taken from http://www.soilassociation.org/farmersgrowers/technicalinformation/horticulture
Organic horticulture aims to produce healthy, good quality food in an ecologically responsible way, for which the grower gets a fair return. The system is designed to avoid the need for agrochemicals and to minimise damage to the environment and wildlife. Growers apply sustainable management practices to maintain optimum fertility and biological activity in the soil, and to enhance the farm environment by encouraging farm wildlife. This helps to support plenty of natural predators, preventing pests and diseases from reaching damaging levels. A healthy soil helps to produce crops that are more resistant to pests and diseases. Healthy crops ultimately mean healthy food.
British Growers Association is a representative organisation for British growing. We work for a very wide range of crop associations and producer organisations.
Our primary objective is to promote the great British horticultural sector, which contributes £3bn in sales of salad, vegetable and fruit crops from UK growers.
We fully appreciate the need of our members to attract the best talent from the widest pool of scientists, engineers, marketers and technologists, as well as operations, finance and technical specialists.
Garden Organic is the UK's leading organic growing charity, and is dedicated to researching and promoting organic gardening, farming and food. We are driven by an enduring passion and belief, founded on over 50 years of research and practice, that organic methods provide a healthy, sustainable life for us all www.gardenorganic.org.uk. We also run a range of training sessions in regional locations and individual schools or clusters. Last year we had 1800 students from colleges, schools, home educating groups and nurseries visiting us at Ryton Gardens www.rytongardens.co.uk .
We are proud to be part of the Food for Life Partnership, a network of over 4000 schools and communities across England transforming food culture. The Partnership is working to revolutionise school meals, reconnect young people with where their food comes from and inspire families to cook and grow food www.foodforlife.org.uk.
HOPS Labour Solutions Ltd
HOPS Ltd is a provider of temporary labour solutions, to land based and food industries. Providing farmers and growers in the UK with seasonal, part time, full time, skilled and unskilled workers for their direct employment.
HOPS is working with key organisations in the industry to promote the jobs it offers to the UK workforce and is taking some exciting new steps forward to make this happen. In addition HOPS provides support and guidance to both employer and employee to ensure the employment runs smoothly.
HOPS Labour Solutions Limited in wholly owned by the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs and owns its own subsidiary in Poland which assists with the recruitment of candidates.
The Eden Project, an educational charity and social enterprise, creates gardens, exhibitions, events, experiences and projects that explore how people can work together and with nature to change things for the better.
Project one: creating a global garden in a 50m deep crater that was once a china clay pit as a symbol of regeneration. This 35 acre living laboratory, which celebrates our relationship with plants and showcases the art of the possible, is an international visitor destination.
Two vast Biomes, housing wild landscapes, crops and stories from the Rainforest and Mediterranean regions, act as a back drop to our Outdoor Biome and the plants from our place. Eden horticulture manages and grows over one million plants of 6,000 different plant types and delivers a variety of horticultural educational programmes.
Visitors can travel the world in a day, trek through the world’s largest rainforest in captivity, meander thru the Mediterranean, enjoy events and concerts, trace plant to plate and eat delicious foods all prepared with the planet in mind. Eden Project is a place to explore new ways of doing things in the 21st century.
The Eden Project mission
When the rules of a successful future are not yet known we will use imagination and enterprise to find new solutions.
• Create memorable experiences that lead people to care about each other and the natural world.;
• Do transformational projects, both big and small, to show what people working with nature can achieve.
• To inspire and equip people to create Eden wherever they live.
Charity number: 1093070 Eden Project
Garden Centre Group
The Garden Centre Group is the nation’s largest group of garden centres with 129 centres nationwide. They include Blooms Garden Centres, Country Gardens and Wyevale Garden Centres, all of which are located throughout the country.
The largest garden centre in the Group is at Bridgemere Nursery & Garden World in Cheshire (the largest garden centre in the UK) whilst our smallest is at Carmarthen in Wales. More than 90 per cent of our plant stock is British-grown, and much of this stock is grown in our own nurseries. The Group employs more than 5,000 staff and we run our own Gardening Club, now with more than 2.5 million members.
STC is an Applied Research facility specialising in outdoor and protected vegetables and flowers.
The STC Research Foundation directors monitor our work on behalf of the horticultural industry meaning the facilities are in the ‘ownership‘of growers. The Plant Clinic gives a full diagnostic service.
STC runs a large primary schools educational programme (www.discovering-our-countryside.co.uk).
Recent developments include a LED lighting, racked, closed shed and a Precision farming training and research project for field vegetables (www.stockbridgeonline.co.uk). We have strong collaborative links with ADAS and East Malling Research.
The David Colegrave Foundation
The David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) seeks to support the development of the ornamental horticultural industry in the UK by offering multiple scholarships to those who are set on a career in horticulture.
In addition to bursaries, the DCF also provides work experience opportunities and support with the organisation and funding of educational trips.
Opportunities are open to students completing horticultural courses in the UK, as well as former students who are in the early days of their horticultural career.
To apply for a scholarship or to find out more visit the DCF website at http://www.davidcolegravefoundation.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
College of Agriculture Food and Rural Enterprise - Northern Ireland
The College of Agriculture Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) is a centre of further and higher education and has been offering Horticulture courses at Greenmount Campus, Country Antrim since 1924. Courses on offer range from level 2 programmes to a Foundation Degree in Horticulture.
The students are taught by highly qualified staff and make use of the world class teaching facilities which include 18 hectares of landscaped grounds, a Walled Garden and conservatory, 15 hectares of sports turf and a Horticulture Development Centre.
Courses are delivered on a full and part time basis as well as day release.
For more information see our website - www.cafre.ac.uk.
Grants for Horticulturists
The Grants for Horticulturists web site is a comprehensive shop window publicising grants, awards and bursaries available to individuals from organisations in the United Kingdom for horticultural projects. These cover
help with education, training, work experience, travel and exchanges in the field of horticulture, both financially and in other ways.
The web site has been running since 2004 on a co-operative basis and is owned jointly by the grant-making organisations it features. Its information is offered entirely free of charge.
For more information go to http://www.grantsforhorticulturists.org.uk/
Institute of Groundsmanship - IOG
The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) is the only membership organisation representing the whole of the grounds management industry. Its primary purpose is to offer support and advice to all those working in the industry; to develop and raise the profile of the profession and to give a voice to the membership on important industry issues.
In its training, education and development function the IOG runs a vast portfolio of courses - ranging from short, Sports National Governing Body- (NGB) endorsed courses to bespoke training. The IOG also offers online training and an apprentice training programme.
The Judith Blacklock Flower School
The Judith Blacklock Flower School, located in a charming flower-filled mews in London, has been running for 14 years. It is the foremost private flower arranging and floristry school in the UK and is accredited by the British Accreditation Council.
Our students, who come from all over the world, benefit from the knowledge and experience of Judith – a Fellow of the Institute of Horticulture - and her team, and leave with acknowledged certification. They go on to achieve wonderful things – be it opening their own businesses, or working for renowned designers.
We offer two career courses for budding florists: the 2-week Business of Floristry and Online Professional Floristry. They are both jam-packed with practical work, theory and as much advice as you can take on board.
British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI)
BALI is the UK’s largest trade association for the landscape industry representing over 700 landscape and grounds maintenance contractors, garden and landscape designers, and companies supplying quality products and services.
We support, promote and inspire our members to be leaders of an ethical and sustainable industry and we work closely with colleges and training providers to ensure that those entering the landscape sector are equipped with the skills our members, who are the industry’s employers, need.BALI Student Membership is available FREE to anyone studying for a land-based qualification at a BALI member college/university, providing access to BALI publications and regional events.