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Amenity horticulture includes:

  • landscaping, which covers the planning, creation and maintenance of designed landscapes, both urban and rural
  • sports turf, golf courses, parks and planning of domestic gardens

Production horticulture deals with the large-scale production of plants for food and ornamental purposes. This includes fruit, vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, plants, flowers and trees for sale.

The nature of the apprenticeship will depend on your employer – you could find yourself working as a landscaper or gardener. You may learn how to clear sites for planting or how to maintain equipment.


There are 2 types of horticulture apprenticeships.

Intermediate level apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • Gardener
  • Landscaper
  • Nursery worker
  • Fruit and vegetable production worker
  • Machinery operator
  • Greenkeeper
  • Groundsperson

Advanced level apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • Horticultural technician
  • Deputy head greenkeeper
  • Deputy head groundsman
  • Garden designer
  • Senior gardener
  • Gardener (historic and botanic)
  • Parks officer