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Horticultural Trades

Horticultural trades workers intensively cultivate vegetables, plants, fruit, shrubs, trees and flowers in greenhouses, market gardens, nurseries and orchards.

Tasks

  • Prepares soil in field, bed or pot by hand or machine
  • Mixes soil, composts, fertilisers and/or organic matter and spreads fertiliser and manure
  • Sows seeds and bulbs and transplants seedlings
  • Propagates plants by taking cuttings and by grafting and budding, applies weed-killer, fungicide and insecticide to control pests and diseases
  • Prunes and thins trees and shrubs
  • Supports trees by staking and wiring.

Entry Requirements

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


What could I earn?

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £22,000 per annum and can progress up to £80,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 1,232 employed Horticultural Trades in the region.

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