Florists and gardeners are the happiest workers
THOSE who use their creativity as florists and gardeners are not surprised they are among the country's happiest workers.
Workers in the two floral careers are full of praise for the work which gives them plenty of job satisfaction.
Research carried out by City & Guilds found florists and gardeners topped the list with nine out of ten horticulturalists (87 per cent) saying they were happy in their job.
About 80 per cent said it was because they were able to manage their own workload and control their schedule and daily tasks.
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Richard Brazington, a florist at Cheltenham's Bumblebeez, said: "Most people I know are florists because they love it.
"It's not a job to them, it's a career they want to do."
Richard, 43, from Montpellier, has been working as a florist for about 20 years and said he loved the variety of the job.
He said: "We are probably so happy because we are responsible for helping people during their happiest times.
"We get to help them celebrate weddings, their birthdays and lots of happy occasions."
Fleur Townshend, 34, who also works at Bumblebeez, wanted to become a florist since doing work experience as a child.
She said: "Floristry is really interesting. It's a vocational job, so if you do it you must really enjoy it, because it can be really hard work."
Matthew Grove, owner of Top Gardeners, said he "absolutely agreed" with the survey results.
The 32-year-old from Prestbury said: "For me it all comes down to my childhood, I grew up on a farm and I love being amongst the elements."
Matthew set up Top Gardeners in 2002, after studying with the Royal Horticultural Society and gaining qualifications in Professional Gardening and Landscaping.
"I just love what I do. Making things look nice, and when you bring things back to life, you get a great feeling," he said.
In contrast, professionals who hated their jobs included bankers, IT and data processors, and human resources.
Only 44 per cent of bankers said they were happy in their jobs.
The survey quizzed 2,200 workers in all jobs.