Horticulture, Landscaping and Sports Turf

No plants, no planet. Horticulture, landscaping and sports turf plays a crucial role in the design, construction, management and maintenance of the UK, employing around 172,000 people. Think landscaping, sports, golf, botanical gardens, parks - and that’s just the beginning.

A diverse industry (sometimes described as amenity horticulture) horticulture, landscaping and sports turf includes:

  • Hard, soft and interior landscaping
  • Sports turf and golf greenkeeping
  • Private, heritage and botanic gardens
  • Commercial grounds
  • Public parks and green spaces.


Horticulture, Landscaping and Sports Turf – The Facts

  • There are around 16,650 landscape contractor companies, but this does not take into account the parks and open spaces (both public and private), the historic and botanic parks and sports turf facilities
  • 81% of business employ fewer than 10 people
  • 60% of the workforce at over the age of 40 (36% over 50)
  • 88% of horticulture, landscaping and sports turf are men.


Did you know?

  • People are not going abroad as much so there has been a big rise in domestic gardens and allotments
  • Public parks are being used more and more. What’s more 72% of visitors are happy with the condition of their facilities
  • The British weather can have a huge impact on the industry. The last two poor summers has seen a drop off in visitors to horticulture attractions and activities. But that also means a good summer can be great for the industry
  • Apprenticeships in the industry are increasing, providing lots of opportunities for new people
  • The general public, as well as career advisors, often see the industry as low skilled and lacking in opportunities. But it is because it is such a wide-ranging industry that it can be difficult to see what kinds of jobs are available. We have been working to address this on our careers page, which highlights different routes you can take in the industry.


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