Grounds maintenance worker

A grounds maintenance worker cares for, and looks after, small to large areas of plants and grassed areas often associated with sport and public land use

Training, qualifications and skills RHS Level 2 horticulture qualification
Career progression opportunities With qualification to RHS Level 3 horticulture, senior gardener, head gardener, grounds and garden manager
Useful links Countryside Jobs Service (horticulture)
Countryside Jobs Service (greenspace)
Grounds Management Association
RHS Education
RHS Apprenticeships

Focus on: Grounds maintenance worker

Kate Nannery
Plumpton College
Full time, minimum wage

My work involves maintaining the grounds at Plumpton College to a high standard and making sure planted areas have seasonal interest. As a land-based college with an interest in horticultural subjects, it’s important for the team to set a good example.

The apprenticeship is a great way to help change to an entirely new career and gain a qualification while still earning a living - whatever your age. I'm a career changer and I couldn’t be happier.

At One Garden Brighton, a historic walled garden opening to the public, it’s amazing to be involved at the start of the project. This blank canvas provides a great opportunity to acquire different horticultural experience as well as knowledge of garden development and restoration. 

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The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.