Hard landscaping is often an essential aspect of many garden projects. Fences, walls, paving and edging are just some of the structures that play an important role of a landscape design. As a hard landscaping operative, you have the opportunity to get involved in landscape construction projects, often working on some original bespoke designs.

What does a hard landscaper do?

Rather than working with the planted aspects of the garden, a hard landscaping job involves working with the manmade physical elements. The types of tasks you might do can include:

    • • Paving – slabs and gravel
    • • Path and flowerbed edging
    • • Patios
    • • Brickwork e.g., walls
    • • Fencing
    • • Drainage and irrigation
    • • Lighting
    • • Water features


What qualifications, skills and experience do I need to be a hard landscaper?

Employers will often require you to have some landscaping experience, however, you may find that if you have mostly worked in soft landscaping, you will be trained in the basic skills required for hard landscaping. Having an eye for design and detail is a definite advantage in a hard landscaper job.

Most hard landscaping positions will require you to have a UK driving licence and a CSCS card is preferred.


Where can you work as a hard landscaper?

As a hard landscaper, you can expect to work anywhere, from the grounds of a business park to a new build housing estate. At Cosmopolitan Recruitment, we have placed candidates in hard landscaping jobs with award-winning landscape designers in London, Essex and other locations across the southeast and up as far as Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. This job description is an example of the type of position you might find as a hard landscaper.

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