Heritage an Botanical Gardens Training Programme

The Scheme

The Historic and Botanic Garden Trainee Programmes (HBGTP) scheme is an unrivalled opportunity for passionate and committed horticulturists. You can earn a salary while developing your professional skills in some of the best historic and botanic gardens that the UK has to offer.

We offer both a one year and a two year option: on the one year scheme, you will have a full-time placement within a historic garden, where you'll work alongside the team through the seasons. You will learn about all aspects of managing a historic garden, as well as working on your plant identification and other technical skills. The two year course extends this with college registration and study blocks, leading to the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society Level 3 Diploma

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How It Works

On the one year scheme, you will have a full-time placement within a historic garden, where you'll work alongside the team through the seasons. You will learn about all aspects of managing a historic garden, as well as working on your plant identification and other technical skills. The two year course extends this with college registration and study blocks, leading to the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society Level 3 Diploma.

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"This is turning out to be a wonderful year training to be a gardener at Audley End. The garden is very varied, with Pleasure Grounds set in a beautiful Capability Brown parkland, and an organic Victorian kitchen garden which contains 150 apple and 50 different pear varieties. The garden team, both the staff and volunteers, are knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic. It's an excellent place to be a trainee!"
Kate McColl

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Latest News

Sophie Cook attends International Wildlife Gardening conference

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28 November, 2016

HBGTP Trainee Sophie Cook (Dyffryn Gardens): ‘I am particularly interested in bridging the gap between heritage gardening and wildlife conservation. This month the Natural History Museum held an international conference on Wildlife Gardening. I was…

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Student Placements at Westonbirt Arboretum

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23 November, 2016

We would like to promote the following vacancy from the Westonbirt Tree Team: Heritage Landscape Arborist 2017/18 12 month work based student placement within the Westonbirt Tree Team Forestry Commission, Westonbirt, The National Arboretum Westonbirt…

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Vacancies at Great Dixter and Wrest Park

Vacancies at Great Dixter and Wrest Park
21 November, 2016

Two exciting horticultural vacancies have recently been brought to our attention: Senior Gardener, Wrest Park: details here Annual Salary of £19,291 with the potential to increase to £20,907 upon completion of all necessary training. Close…

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Calling all great and historic gardens in the UK!

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11 November, 2016

Are you interested in hosting a trainee gardener? We would like to invite Expressions of Interest from gardens for placements starting in September 2017.                   We specialise…

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