Horticulture has never been more important.
We are currently living in a time whereby the population of our planet is increasing at an alarming rate. Demand for housing is at an all-time high, and construction of residential sites is not an uncommon sight across the UK.
It has been predicted that by the year 2050 there could be a global energy crisis, and by 2100 our planet will be peppered with over-populated mega-cities. The population of Lagos, Nigeria, alone is expected to exceed 88 million, which is particularly alarming when we consider that before the 1900’s a population of 1 million people in any city was considered to be overcrowded.
With all the extra residential and commercial estates being constructed to facilitate this rising population, we cannot ignore the fact that many of our green spaces are beginning to disappear. With all this in mind, it is important to consider the negative impact that this is having on pollution and wildlife. It is now more important than ever to concentrate our efforts on maintaining the green spaces, trees and wildlife that still exist across the UK, making a positive contribution to the health of our planet.
The problem is that many horticultural trades are currently suffering from a serious skills shortage, and there is a lack of dedicated and skilled workers across many areas of the industry. Landscapers, Horticulturists and Arborists are required nationwide to support an industry which has a profound positive impact upon the planet and cannot be allowed to fail. We can confidently assume that if the horticultural industry were to die, the planet would eventually die with it.
A career in horticulture can take you to some amazing places; from working on large-scale design and build projects, creating breath taking gardens and open spaces; to maintaining ancient trees or travelling the world in pursuit of rare and exotic plants.
Horticulture doesn’t have to be planting.
It doesn’t have to be digging holes.
It doesn’t have to be mowing grass.
Horticulture can be whatever you make of it.
Make a difference. Choose Horticulture.
www.horticulturecareers.co.uk, in association with Pro Landscaper Magazine and Go Landscape are committed to connecting the horticultural industry and bridging the skills gap for future generations. If you are interested in discussing the possibility of a career in horticulture, please contact Liam Colclough for advice and guidance.