"The key role for a landscape gardening professional is to design, install and maintain gardens and landscaped areas including private and public gardens, parks, public open spaces, sports and recreation venues, and playgrounds.
They must be able to develop innovative and creative schemes that meet the needs of highly varied types of clients, and comply with planning regulations, while retaining a vision of how the finished project will fit into the overall natural and built environments.
The landscape gardener may be involved at all stages of a project from the initial consultation and design, throughout the installation process, project managing and supervising the installation team, to providing advice and guidance on on-going maintenance and development as the garden grows and matures.
A detailed knowledge of both hard and soft landscaping is required, including knowledge of plants and trees and natural stones and other materials in order to produce and implement a balanced plan that takes account of the area’s advantages and limitations relating to soil type and structure, geography, climatic conditions and planned use. Related skills such as construction, electrical installation, and plumbing and irrigation systems are needed to produce an overall project that is sustainable.
Gardens and landscaped areas enhance the quality of life for millions of people across the world by providing beautiful areas for recreation and relaxation, open spaces in dense urban environments, appropriate spaces for people of all ages and abilities, and facilities that support community activity and cohesion."
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