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The land-based and environmental sector offers many opportunities for self-employment and there are different options available. There are opportunities for those who want to start a business and employ staff  and also for those who want to offer their services as a self employed technically skilled professional....

A career in Scotland

The land-based and environmental sector is an important area of employment in Scotland with more than 1 in 10 businesses in the sector. Land-based and environmental businesses enhance the quality of life, improve well-being, supply quality assured food production, ensure the health and welfare of animals, provide...

A career in public access and recreation

The public access and recreation sector covers the management of public rights of way and other access, including National Trails, recreational routes, and areas used for informal access and leisure, in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Coastal access and recreation, and recreation on inland waterways...

A career in fencing

The fencing industry includes residential fencing, agricultural and stock fencing, environmental fencing, high security fencing, electric fencing, automatic gates and access barriers, and vehicle restraint systems (VRS).
Fences, gates and barriers are needed for a number of reasons such as security, public...

Science, maths and technology: working with plants and the environment

Science, maths and technology lie at the heart of many jobs in the land-based sector. Whether developing a phone app to help farmers check the soil types in fields, creating a wildlife habitat in an urban area or making sure the pitch is ready to play on for the match on Saturday, science, maths and technology...

A career in production horticulture

Production horticulture (or commercial horticulture as it is sometimes called) covers the growing of crops for commercial purposes.
Horticulturists apply the knowledge, skills, and technologies used to grow intensively produced crops for human food and non-food uses and for personal or social needs. Their work...

A career in forestry

Forestry workers carry out a variety of jobs to care for and manage trees, woodland areas and forests for the production of timber and for recreation.
Forests are very important to the natural environment, providing health benefits as well as a sustainable resource of raw material and renewable energy....

A career in floristry

The floristry industry comprises the following key activities: retail flower sales, creating floristry designs, delivery services and the use of flowers and decorative plants for displays, events and functions.

A career in landscapes, habitats and species conservation

Career opportunities extend across urban, rural, coastal and marine environments. They range from practical work and surveying to scientific research, consultancy, planning, property management and campaigning. 

A career in agricultural crop production

The main aim of the agricultural crop industry is to produce crops to feed both humans and animals. Some arable farms have diversified into producing fruit, vegetables and non-food crops such as those grown for energy, materials like hemp for fibre and oils like lavender and linseed.


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