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

2 year placement available at Cliveden

Fine topiary at Cliveden
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…

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Congratulations to Tamara Bridge on her winning design at Tatton Park Flower Show!

Tamara Bridge photo
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…

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HBGBS Study Tour 29th-31st May 2015

The trainees on their trip to Hidcote Manor Gardens
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…

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Applications for September 2015 are now CLOSED

Applications for September 2015 are now CLOSED
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…

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