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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"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

Kate McColl


Map of Host Gardens

This map shows the locations of our host gardens for the placements which started in September 2016. Locations of placements starting in September 2017 may vary, but we will confirm the list of available host gardens shortly.

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Latest News

Trainees complete their February Study Block

15 February, 2017

Our Stream 2 trainees have recently completed a high energy study block at Wrest Park. 27 HBGTP trainees arrived at Wrest Park for two weeks of practicals, lectures and exams! Well done to all those…

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Apprenticeship opportunities at Kew

Kew Royal Botanic Garderns
27 January, 2017

Apprenticeship in Botanical Horticulture Scheme 10 (2017-2019) 6 positions. Salary  £14,765 (£14,040 + £725 book allowance) The two year Kew apprenticeship is an entry level position designed for individuals desiring a professional career at senior…

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National Trust for Scotland vacancies

National Trust for Scotland
27 January, 2017

Closing date for all posts is 3rd February 2017. The National Trust for Scotland is Scotland’s leading conservation charity and its property portfolio includes some of the country’s finest gardens open to the public. Head…

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Vacancy for a Gardener at Audley End

17 January, 2017

Gardener – Audley End House and Gardens Audley End dates from the early 17th century and comprises a Capability Brown landscape, an elaborate 19th century Parterre and a Victorian Kitchen Garden which is run to…

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