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Landscape manager

Countryside manager, green spaces manager, landscaper, landscape gardener, landscape designer

Landscape managers plan, develop and care for outdoor spaces, to ensure that people can use and enjoy them, now and into the future. They use their knowledge of ecosystems and human behaviour to advise on construction projects.

Average salary*




How to become a landscape manager

There are several routes to becoming a landscape manager. You could complete a university or college course, an apprenticeship or apply directly to an employer for work.

You should explore these routes to becoming a landscape manager, to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.

You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.


You can become a landscape manager by completing a degree in landscape architecture or landscape management, accredited by the Landscape Institute.

If you already have a first degree, you could complete a postgraduate course in a relevant subject.

You’ll need:

College/training provider

You could complete a college course to become a landscape manager, such as a Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture, or a Level 3 Certificate or Diploma in Horticulture or Amenity Horticulture.

You’ll need:


You could become a landscape manager by completing an intermediate apprenticeship as a horticulture or landscape worker, then progress to an advanced apprenticeship to train as a landscape manager or supervisor.

An apprenticeship with a landscaping company is a good way into the industry.

You’ll need:

  • 1 - 2 GCSEs or equivalent, including maths and English (intermediate apprenticeship)
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent (advanced apprenticeship)

Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.


If you have some basic experience, you could apply directly to a construction company to gain onsite experience as a landscape manager. You might start out as an assistant and progress as you become more experienced.

Work experience

Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a landscape manager. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.


Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a landscape manager include:

  • Passion for plants and animals
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills
  • An interest in technology.

What does a landscape manager do?

As a landscape manager, you will be responsible for protecting green spaces and the life within them. Duties may include conducting wildlife surveys and producing reports for clients and businesses detailing your observations and sustainability recommendations. You could be overseeing natural conservation areas, historic gardens, woodlands, parks, roadside verges or housing estates.

The role of a landscape manager involves the following duties:

  • Assessing landscapes and their eco-systems
  • Surveying sites to identify existing natural resources, plant and animal life
  • Advising on the impact of proposed changes to land use
  • Meeting communities and involving others in managing public spaces
  • Producing plans and reports on landscape preservation
  • Devising management and maintenance plans, to ensure spaces are preserved for future use and enjoyment
  • Advising others on the long term care and development of a landscape
  • Drawing up contracts and overseeing contractors
  • Applying for funding and managing bids
  • Supervising construction projects carried out by landscape architects
  • Advising on planning applications and public enquiries.

How much could you earn as a landscape manager?

The expected salary for a landscape manager varies as you become more experienced.

  • Newly trained landscape managers can earn £20,000 - £25,000
  • Trained landscape managers with some experience can earn £25,000 - £40,000
  • Senior or chartered landscape managers can earn in excess of £40,000.*

Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.

* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources


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Career path and progression

As a landscape manager, you could progress into more senior positions or set up as a self-employed consultant.

Progression Opportunities

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