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Environmental, Animals and Plants

What's happening locally

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  • Most employers are small - for instance, the vast majority of the 450 or so agriculture and fishing employers have fewer than 10 staff and almost one third work part time

  • The value of farm land in Gloucestershire is higher than the national average - good news if older farmers want to sell their properties but high prices are not so good for those starting out  

  • Another possible problem for those starting out is Gloucestershire County Council's recent decision to reduce the number farms it owns and rents out - in the long term, up to 38 farms could be sold over 14 years, which would leave 50 farms

  • Gloucestershire is known for its gardens though volunteering opportunities, especially in gardens run by the National Trust, may be more likely than paid ones

  • The new national wildlife conservation park in the Bristol area, when it is open, is expected to create more than 140 new jobs in education, visitor services, retail, catering, animal care, gardens and site maintenance, research, administration and marketing, according to its website

  • The world's first 'green' electricity company (Ecotricity) started in Gloucestershire 

 

Examples of employers in Gloucestershire which could offer opportunities

For labour market information in the South West of England, see Lantra's research report factsheets