Heritage an Botanical Gardens Training Programme

Paid placements in the finest British gardens

The Scheme

The Historic and Botanic Garden Training Programme (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.

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How It Works

In the one year scheme, you will have a full-time placement at 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 scheme is the best thing I've ever done! As a trainee I worked in a wonderful plantsman garden which gave me the opportunity to move onto a garden with great botanic interest. Now, I've progressed in my career and I'm working
in a great historic garden.
What else can you ask for!?
Veteran Trainee Nereida Martin-Fabregas

Veteran Trainee

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Latest News

Rachel Brown features in an article on Bicton College

Rachel Brown Exeter Living photo
28 October, 2015

One of our new trainees, Rachel Brown, talks about her experience at Bicton College and how it helped her into horticulture in an article in Exeter Living (page 47): http://flickread.com/edition/PensordFreeLibrary/560d46a592053/    

Trainee Seminar 2015

This year’s crop of trainees
21 October, 2015

The joint HBGTP & PGG Trainee Seminar was held at Dunford House, Midhurst, last weekend. Highlights included visits to RHS Wisley and West Dean. It was also great for all the trainees to get a…

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Autumn Study Block – 1st Years

21 October, 2015

Our new 2 year trainees are now coming to the end of their first study block. They have spent two weeks at Wrest Park, including a day at Capel Manor, studying for their first RHS…

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Autumn Study Block – 2nd Years

29 September, 2015

Our 2nd year trainees have started their fifth study block this week. Lovely weather to be at Wrest Park!                     On Wednesday and Thursday, they were…

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