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New horticultural careers resource launched by RHS

Published: July 28, 2020 at 2:15 pm

The RHS has launched a new careers resource showcasing films from 45 different horticultural careers to try to make careers in gardening more accessible

A new horticultural careers service has been launched by the RHS to try to address the lack of knowledge around working in horticulture.

RHS Director General Sue Biggs

The resource features 60 individual films that throw light on 45 different horticultural careers including florist, landscaper and garden designer.

The move comes following a survey in which almost three in ten people surveyed said not knowing about careers in the industry puts them off working in horticulture.

Results also showed that one in four people surveyed would be more likely to consider a career in horticulture if they felt they would be benefitting the environment. Twenty five per cent of people would be interested in doing so if it was helpful to their mental wellbeing.

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Sue Biggs, director general of the RHS said: "It’s well known within the industry that spending time outside close to nature and working with plants is great for personal wellbeing. We are delighted that more people are planning to take advantage of this benefit when considering their future career options whether straight from education or as a career changer.

“Working with plants in so many different ways can be really enriching both physically and mentally."

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The new site features stories from people who have changed their careers and young people with many different stories to tell.


Head to the new site to watch the videos.


Daisy Bowie-Sell is digital editor of Gardens Illustrated. She has previously worked as a journalist for publications including the Daily Telegraph, WhatsOnStage and Time Out London


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