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

RHS Wisley & Wrest Park Trainee Exchange

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5 February, 2016

Ellie Dunn spent three days at RHS Wisley on the student winter fruit tree pruning in December. Julia Wilson came to Wrest at the end of January and spent three days working with the team…

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New placement opportunities coming soon!

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14 January, 2016

At the end of February 2016, we will be opening applications for a range of new training opportunities beginning in September. There will be a new selection of host gardens to choose from, with 10…

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2016 Host Garden applications now closed

2016 Host Garden applications now closed
18 December, 2015

Thank you to all those gardens which have submitted Expressions of Interest forms. The quality of the applications has been very impressive. We will be finalising our list of host gardens in January, preparatory to…

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Hosting a Trainee – Are you up for the challenge?

Ellie Wrest Pk 2
4 December, 2015

We are currently inviting gardens to bid to host a HBGBS trainee. Three good reasons to have a trainee placement: Garden trainees add verve and vigour to your garden and to your gardens team. Hosting…

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