Apprentice Landscape Gardener, Nursery Worker and Grower WINDOWFLOWERS LTD

A great opportunity has arisen at a large plant grower for an apprentice in horticulture. Window flowers is the largest independent supplier of floral and horticultural services in the UK. Role includes potting on, filling and planting containerised displays and watering and picking over pots, window boxes and hanging baskets.

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Closing date: 30 Jun 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Bonus scheme worth an additional 10% relating to attendance is available from start date.

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday starting at 5.00am when working away from site and 8.00am when working on the nursery site. Weekend work may be required during peak seasons. One day each week will be on the nursery with the balance being away from site. Shifts tbc.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jul 2023

  • Date posted

    11 Apr 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

The successful apprentices will be working as part of a team who all take pride in what they do and have a huge wealth of knowledge and expertise in their craft. We are now looking to extend our roles to apprentices who are enthusiastic, want to learn and want to be a plantsman of exceptional standard and training.

Responsibilities would include:

  • Potting on
  • Filling and planting containerised displays
  • Installing and removing hanging baskets, often on lamp columns
  • Watering and picking over pots, window boxes and hanging baskets
  • All aspects of site maintenance, including mowing and strimming lawn edges
  • Lawn care, leaf blowing and hedge trimming
  • Weeding
  • Pruning and shaping plants, shrubs and bushes under direction
  • Soft landscaping, planting and plant care
  • Pressure washing of patios, paths
  • Installation, decoration and removal of Christmas trees and other decorations
  • Planting and maintenance of interior planting schemes
  • Respecting health and safety as stipulated, and working in a tidy manner
  • Being part of a team that travels to sites

Our clients are mainly in central London so you may be required to visit these sites to change the displays and to carry out maintenance of the arrangements.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

  • Level 2 Standard Horticulture Operative Apprenticeship Standard
  • Weekly day release into Berkshire College of Agriculture
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in maths & English if you do not hold a 4 / C or above at GCSE Level or equivalent
  • An assessor will visit you in the workplace every 6-8 weeks, or more frequently if required
  • Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (Ofqual registered) minimum 1-day course
  • Lantra Awards Level 2 Award in Safe Use of Pesticides OR City & Guilds Level 2 Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • A possible full-time role at the end of the apprenticeship

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Team working, Enthusiastic


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4 / C or above) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4 / C or above) Desired

Things to consider

This is a physical role. You will be working in a team. Early starts. Rural location.

About the employer

Windowflowers is a horticultural nursery which plants and maintains window boxes, hanging baskets and roof gardens with over one million plants which we grow on our 12-acre nursery. We supply and maintain interior planting schemes within offices, hotels and clubs and make up and supply weekly and event flowers for corporate clients. Our Horticultural Department is currently recruiting team players at our Burnham site who are passionate about flowers and plants, and proud of delivering exceptional standards of work. We are proud to supply clients including The Ritz Hotel, The Houses of Parliament, Net a Porter and at other landmark buildings. Many of our clients have been with us for over twenty years.








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Training provider



Sarah Hill

01628 827530

Apprenticeship standard

Horticulture or landscape construction operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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