Heritage an Botanical Gardens Training Programme
Paid placements in the finest British gardens
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!?
Explore the trainee experience
17 August, 2015
NEW VACANCY: A vacancy has unexpectedly arisen at Cliveden in Berkshire. This is a fabulous, Grade One listed garden, managed by the National Trust (see details in our Placements section). The placement is for 2…
4 August, 2015
Tamara credits the HBGBS with kickstarting her career in horticulture. She discusses her route from her placement at Sandringham to establishing her own garden design business. Click here to view the full article in HorticultureWeek…
24 June, 2015
Our 1 year trainees recently went on their annual Study Tour, based at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester. A good time was had by all – here is a summary from Fiona of the weekend’s…
31 March, 2015
We are no longer accepting applications for this year’s placements. Recruitment for September 2016 will begin in February 2016. For those who have submitted applications before the closing date, we are currently sifting through these…