Posted: 25/06/2014 at 08:41
Also look at the Horticulture Week they have a jobs section as well. Scanning that will give you a feel for the industry and the range of jobs on offer as well as being self employed.
The amount you can charge for maintenance will vary depending on where you are - not just the area ofhe country but also in terms of the type of demand, here in Brum the rate is around ??8 an hour although if you can market yourself as a knowledgeable Gardner and concentrate in border maintenance you could get ??15 plus but there will be a smaller market. You could offer two rates, with the lower for your bog standard lawn care. But again that is for basic mowing etc if you could offer a knowledgeable service you could possibly charge more.
A role in a private or NT type garden may offer more security re a steady income plus on the job training ( even if just through working with someone experienced).
Might be worth looking at WRAGS - scheme aimed at women but have feeling they were talking about expanding to include men, or they may be able to suggest some contacts