Heritage an Botanical Gardens Training Programme

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.

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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How It Works

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!"
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Latest News

Applications for September 2016 now closed

Applications for September 2016 now closed
4 April, 2016

Update: Applications for placements in September 2016 are now closed. Many thanks to those who have applied – we have received a great response and are currently sifting the candidates before sending interview invitations. Interviews…

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Young Horticulturist of the Year Competition (YHYC)

Rosie-&-Franz
8 March, 2016

By Franziska Wittenstein HBGTP Trainee Wrest Park I entered the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition without really knowing what I was getting into. Most people who are horticulturally inclined have heard of it, of…

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Visit to Trainee Liz Maynard at Sissinghurst Castle

Liz at Sissinghurst
7 March, 2016

Liz is now 3/4 way through her placement in this fantastic garden. She is looking forward to her final two projects – one on the roses at Sissinghurst and the final one undertaking a plant…

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RHS Wisley & Wrest Park Trainee Exchange

Ellie Dunn and Julia Wilson Jan 15 (Wrest-Wisley exchange)_compressed
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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