Do you have a passion for gardening? Do you want to work, learn and get paid by one of the top gardening companies? Abbotswood Gardeners & Designers Ltd working in Cambridge, are looking for a Gardening Apprentice. You will learn how they create gardens from scratch, maintain, grow and plant them plus much more besides… Apply now!

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 01 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    The starting salary is a range from £15,000.00 to £17,000.00

  • Working week

    Monday-Friday, 8:00am- 4:00pm

    Total hours per week: 35

  • Expected duration

    27 Months

  • Possible start date

    12 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    29 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

How would you like to be a Gardening Apprentice at Abbotswood Gardeners & Designers Ltd working in Cambridge?

Abbotswood Gardeners & Designers Ltd stands out as one of the premier gardening companies in Cambridge and surrounding villages, offering a dedicated and professional gardening service. With a team of passionate horticulturists, they deliver top-notch care and innovative planting designs to private gardens, and work alongside the countries leading garden designers enhancing the beauty of Cambridge gardens for almost two decades.

Ready to get your hands in the soil?
As an apprentice with them, you will dive into the world of horticulture, learning from experienced gardeners including a former national winner of the Horticultural Apprentice of the year 2023.

Here’s what you’ll be up to:

Garden Care: Tending to the beautiful gardens we nurture in Cambridge and the surrounding villages.

Planting: Growing, nurturing, and coaxing plants to thrive.

Design Insights: Assisting with garden design—because every plant has a place in the overall place in the garden design scheme.

Soft Landscaping: Laying turf, planting hedges, trees, and bulbs —transforming outdoor spaces.

Hands-On Tasks: Weeding, mowing, hedge trimming, pruning— keeping things tidy and healthy.

Plant Propagation: From seeds to cuttings.

And the perks? This employer has these too:

Learning Opportunities: Additional horticultural training courses to fuel your passion.
Celebrations: Staff meals, festive gatherings, garden visits and flower show adventures.
Growing Wages: As your skills bloom, so does your pay.

The work is centred in Cambridge so you need to be able to get to Cambridge, please ensure you have thought about this.

The starting salary is a range from £15,000.00 to £17,000.00

The training you will be getting

  • Level 2 Horticulture or Landscape Operative - Horticulture Pathway
    • (Core) Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (Ofqual registered) minimum 1-day course
    • (Horticulture Operative) Lantra Awards Level 2 Award in Safe Use of Pesticides OR City and Guilds Level 2 Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides
    • (Horticulture Operative) Lantra Awards Level 2 Award in the Safe Application of Pesticide Using Hand Held Equipment OR City and Guilds Level 2 Award In The Safe Application of Pesticides Using Pedestrian Hand Held Equipment
  • Functional Skills in English and maths if required
  • Delivery method and location of training to be confirmed

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Potential promotion to supervisor or responsible for specific gardens on completion of the apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Team working


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 9 to 3 (A* to D)) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 9 to 3 (A* to D)) Desired

Things to consider

You must be able to perform physically demanding tasks and work outdoors in all weather conditions. Only Candidates who have fully completed the application will be considered. Please be aware that the closing date is subject to change without prior notice. Candidates must carry out an initial interview with a member of the Tresham College Apprenticeship Recruitment Team.

About the employer

Whether it’s occasional support or regular maintenance – with Abbotswood Gardeners improving your dream garden is as pleasurable as it is easy. They have been maintaining gardens for some of the most beautiful Cambridge homes for almost two decades. Relying purely on word of mouth from day one.







PE19 5RE

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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


Julie Carter


Apprenticeship standard

Horticulture or landscape construction operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 01 Jul 2024