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Inspire me!

Landscaping is an exciting and rewarding industry to be a part of! Discover award-winning projects and meet the passionate people who strive to create new, vibrant, healthy spaces for everyone to enjoy.

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Inspire me!

Landscaping is an extremely varied sector, which means there really is something for everyone:

  • Like construction? Landscapers build sheds, fences, bridges and move the land to create new and exciting spaces
  • Love sports? Grounds maintenance staff are responsible for looking after sports pitches - from football to rugby and golf
  • Interested in plants? Landscapers of all levels gain a knowledge of plants and you can get involved in plant planning and garden design
  • Want to save the environment? Landscapers help create and conserve outside spaces, for wildlife, plants and to prevent erosion
  • Feeling creative? Landscape Designers and Architects work alongside Building Architects to create exciting and functional outside spaces

Culture, Environment and Rewards

Culture

Landscaping suits people that prefer hands-on work and being outside. Most landscapers rarely set foot in an office and are prepared for all weathers;… keyboard_arrow_down

Landscaping suits people that prefer hands-on work and being outside. Most landscapers rarely set foot in an office and are prepared for all weathers; sunshine, rain, snow and everything in between. The majority of the role is practical, although Landscape Architects will spend more time at a desk.

Landscaping is best suited to people that enjoy physical activity and working as part of a team. If you are creative and interested in plants, you can train to design gardens and plan planting schemes.

Working environment

Working hours are generally Monday to Friday and day time based, but there may be some early starts and weekends. For big contracts, you may be requir… keyboard_arrow_down

Working hours are generally Monday to Friday and day time based, but there may be some early starts and weekends. For big contracts, you may be required to stay away from home. When, where and for how long you work will depend on the types of jobs you or your employer goes after.

There will be the opportunity to use machinery, such as diggers and chainsaws, mix concrete, cut hedges and build wooden structures including gazebos, fences and decking.

Rewards

Landscaping is a very satisfying career, every person on a landscaping team contributes to turning often ugly and barren spaces into beautiful and fun… keyboard_arrow_down

Landscaping is a very satisfying career, every person on a landscaping team contributes to turning often ugly and barren spaces into beautiful and functional gardens, enjoyed by people and wildlife alike.

Landscaping provides opportunities for all ages and levels of ability, from Apprentices and entry-level labourers, to company owners and Landscape Architects. Financial rewards are in proportion to experience and qualifications; for those with business sense, practical and design skills, landscaping can be an extremely lucrative career choice.

Inspirational projects

Serpentine Sackler Gallery

Client - Serpentine Sackler Gallery, Hyde Park, London.
Main Contractor – Rise EU
Maintenance contractor - Acre Landscapes Ltd.

Client Brief -

We were asked to be part of the team responsible for the delivery of the soft landscaping to the new gallery. The gardens; designed by Arabella Lennox-Boyd surround the Zaha Hadid extension to the Gallery; with naturalistic planting, complimenting and enhancing the building; merging the garden with the surrounding environment of Hyde Park and Kensington Palace Gardens. The scheme had to be delivered on time, to budget, safely and with zero General Public and employee incidents. All works were to be carried out to the highest of horticultural standards. The teams’ experience and skill sets were drawn on to plan and procure to ensure the project was executed precisely.

Site History -

The Serpentine Sackler Gallery; previously known as The Magazine was built in the early 1800s to store explosives in the event of Napoleon invading England. In 2010 the Serpentine Gallery won the tender from The Royal Parks to bring the Grade II listed Magazine building into public use for the first time in its 208-year history.

Scope of Works -

Works include - Subsoil cut and fill, installation of drainage layer, design and installation of a fully automatic irrigation system, topsoil blending and preparation, topsoil delivery and installation, contract grow of all tree, shrub and herbaceous stock, reinforced turf supply and lay, tree, shrub and bulb planting, bark mulching and weekly maintenance.

Methodology-

The Gallery opened in late 2013 with the contract and design for the soft landscape works agreed and awarded just months prior to opening.

This brought many challenges including-

The installation of the scheme was to be executed during the gallery’s opening hours due to access restrictions Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens gates shut at night so night working wasn’t an option, we had to avoid delivery of materials (some 77 lorry loads of soil and associated materials) and the access of Gallery/restaurant visitors so all deliveries were made after the Park gates opened but before the Gallery gates opened, a 2 hour window at best. This challenge was made slighter harder as the specified soil had to be imported from Norfolk, some 106 miles away from site. A maximum of 2 lorry loads were lose tipped every morning and loaded and moved into position using micro-plant equipment and levelled by hand. All working zones were marshalled and cordoned at all times. All temporary protection and barriers were removed each evening so the Gallery could host evening events.

Not only was 345m3 of topsoil delivered in this way, over 100 different species of plants and 30 semi mature trees were delivered to site.

Such a diverse planting schedule did not permit an ‘off the shelf’ approach to procurement and stock had to be contract grown for installation in the planting seasons of 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 to accommodate the gallery’s exhibition schedule. As a temporary aesthetic solution we decided to import and prepare all topsoils to the required depth for planting; install irrigation primaries and lay turf to all areas during the period of stock selection and required growth.

To meet with Royal-Parks biosecurity regulations all stock had to be ‘quarantined’ and closely monitored in an approved nursery prior to delivery.

The gardens were formally launched on Wednesday the 18th of May at a special evening to celebrate the successful collaboration of client vision, exacting design and professional build.

Suppliers-

Trees/Shrubs and Bulbs- from Palmstead Nurseries - www.palmstead.co.uk

Irrigation design and installation from Green Blue - www.green-and-blue.co.uk

Topsoil- from London Rock - www.londonrock.co.uk

Compost and Bark mulches - from Woodland Horticulture - www.woodlandhp.co.uk

Turf from George Davies - www.georgedaviesturf.co.uk

Fertilisers and planting sundries from Green Tech - www.green-tech.co.uk

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Sevenoaks Garden

Client: Mr and Mrs Roberts – The Box House Sevenoaks Kent

Main Contractor: Linden Landscapes Domestic Gardens Ltd

Main Designer: Andy Sturgeon MBALI

Client brief:

We were asked to design a new, 1.5-acre contemporary garden that flowed alongside the existing, older-style period building and adjacent modern swimming pool. Garden design is often about solving problems and this site was like an exquisite puzzle. The brick, stone and clay tile house dates from the 18th and 19th centuries and demanded an intimate well-proportioned, traditional garden.  So far so good but to that we had to marry a renovated stable block, a contemporary pool house and a sizeable new Alitex greenhouse. All the buildings were opposing each other at conflicting angles and I used the garden design to overpower the geometry and make sense of the layout. A compact parterre, majestic lawn and a series of outdoor seating areas relating to the architectural layouts combine to make a really interesting and usable family garden.

Award-winning ‘Building with Green’ garden

Linden Landscapes Domestic Gardens Ltd flew the flag for Britain in September 2016, winning the prestigious International ELCA Trend Award 'Building with Green' at the largest European trade fair, International GaLaBau, in Germany.

The Box House in Sevenoaks, which won a Principle Award at BALI's National Landscape Awards ceremony in 2015, was described by judges as "an outstanding home garden project that showed off a multitude of skill including solid architectural landscape design and clever use of planting."

At the 22nd International Trade Fair for Urban Green and Open Spaces - Design - Construction - Maintenance, "GaLaBau 2016", ELCA-President Emmanuel Mony presented Mick Callahan, owner of Linden Landscapes Domestic Gardens Ltd and his clients, Keith Roberts and daughter Lucy Roberts, with the coveted ELCA prize.

During the awards speech, ELCA President Emmanuel Mony said: "This garden is an outstanding example of sophisticated landscape design in a home garden. The garden planner and landscape gardeners succeeded in a special way to bring together a number of related historical and modern building elements to a holistic appearance. At the same time, very aesthetically pleasing garden proportions were redefined. From the perspective of the European industry association, this project is a role model. With the award ELCA is simultaneously underlining the importance of private home gardens as a valuable green space and an important location factor for a high quality of life."

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Passionate people

Laura Moore

Landscape Designer - Janine Pattison Studios There are so many aspects to the industry - it’s not just about the design. I am learning on the job all the t…
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Laura Moore

Landscape Designer Janine Pattison Studios

How I got into landscaping: I studied Fine Art at Oxford Brookes University where I wrote about sculpture in the landscape for my dissertation. Through my research I found landscape design. After graduating, I went to the Inchbald School of Design to study Garden Design. 

Why I love landscaping: There are so many aspects to the industry - it’s not just about the design. I am learning on the job all the time, expanding my horticultural and construction knowledge. Making my ideas a reality is the biggest buzz. I love my job!!

My advice for tomorrow’s landscaper: Get your qualifications and get working – since employment I have learnt so much.

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Paul Toal

Area Supervisor - Quadron idverde, Southwark A weekend job litter picking can turn into a rewarding career if you work hard and show willing - attitude is …
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Paul Toal

Area Supervisor Quadron idverde, Southwark

How I got into landscaping: I started as a weekend litter picker, but quickly worked my way up. I now look after two BALI award winning parks and was listed in 'Pro Landscaper's '30 under 30: The Next Generation'.

Why I love landscaping: I love being out in the fresh air and the smell of cut grass! I am proud to be involved with such well-regarded parks and enjoy teaching the next generation about how great our industry is.

My advice for tomorrow's landscaper: A weekend job litter picking can turn into a rewarding career if you work hard and show willing - attitude is everything.

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Dominic Andrews

Mobile Team Leader - Quadron idverde, Southwark I wasn't sure what I wanted to do at 18, but I did like being outdoors and active. I started as an apprentice …
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Dominic Andrews

Mobile Team Leader Quadron idverde, Southwark

How I got into landscaping: I wasn't sure what I wanted to do at 18, but I did like being outdoors and active. I started as an apprentice and have since trained up to Level 3 in Work-based Horticulture.

Why I love landscaping: I enjoy meeting the challenge of keeping clients happy! I look after a team of people which I also find very rewarding.

My advice for tomorrow's landscaper: Get some experience under your belt and take advantage of any training opportunities. If you show willing, you can progress very quickly in the sector.

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Melissa King

Head of Studio - Janine Pattison Studios After school I completed a national Diploma in Art & Design, I always loved science too, so a degree in Landsc…
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Melissa King

Head of Studio Janine Pattison Studios

How I got into landscaping: After school I completed a national Diploma in Art & Design, I always loved science too, so a degree in Landscape & Garden Design seemed a good fit.

Why I love landscaping: First and foremost my passion is for plants. I also love the arts and through Landscape Design I have combined my passions.

My advice for tomorrow's landscaper: Get practical experience alongside your studies. It's imperative for understanding more about plants and the actual nitty gritty of creating and maintaining gardens.

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