Garden writer

A garden writer produces gardening-related content across multiple platforms including social media, film, radio and print in order to reach a monthly target audience

Training, qualifications and skills A degree/ Master’s degree in English. You need good spelling, punctuation and grammar skills be able to meet deadlines, proofread and write copy quickly. The ability to pitch ideas, work independently and be self-motivated are key.
Career progression opportunities Editor, presenter, garden expert
Useful links Garden Media Guild
National Union of Journalists

Focus on: Garden writer

Andrew Oldham
Full time, salary up to £25k

I trained at the BBC as a broadcast journalist and researcher. I have written for Sainsbury’s Magazine, Kitchen Garden, The Guardian, Gardening for Disabled Trust website and been an Ask the Expert for Grow Your Own. After a spinal accident in my 20s I was prescribed gardening to aide my recovery and I haven’t looked back.

There is a difference between being passionate about gardening and making others passionate about gardening. Don’t be afraid to develop that skill, it is different for everyone.

I have been a time-travelling blogger in my Dig for Victory and Victorian gardens ( and through themI have reached half a million readers / gardeners and have been afforded the opportunity to work with and train with community-growing groups and growers across the UK.

I am a passionate advocate for disability rights in gardening and making growing-your-own accessible to all.

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