How to become a Gardener

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: October 2015
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • What are the main trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Gardeners maintain and improve outdoor spaces for householders and both private and public sector organisations, working not only in residential gardens but also maintaining school play areas, parks, office and hotel grounds and providing gardening services to private country estates and national heritage organisations such as the National Trust.

Typical services include regular maintenance such as grass cutting, weeding, planting, tidying, pruning, turfing, gravelling, path clearing and pressure washing, and hedge trimming. However, gardeners also provide one-off services to improve the layout and appearance of gardens and grounds, such as carrying out basic landscaping, fencing, planting new borders, building decking and garden walls, and erecting sheds and greenhouses.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a gardening service. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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