Alistair works for an organisation which provides a range of horticultural and landscaping services for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. He is a chartered landscape architect and spent a long time in private practice as a landscape architect before moving into contracting. He thinks that "careers now are shaped by your progress and not necessarily by the decisions you make at GCSE and A-level." He would encourage all young people to be enthusiastic, passionate, do some work experience in the industry they want to pursue and talk to employers once they done their work experience.
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DescriptionGardeners 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.
QualificationsThere are no formal academic entry requirements. NVQs/SVQs in Horticulture are available at Levels 1, 2 and 3. Professional qualifications are also available.
- 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.
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