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

Natalie’s Tulip Extravaganza

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27 May, 2016

Natalie Angus, our trainee at Biddulph Grange, recently traveled to the Netherlands. She reports back below: In late April this year I was lucky enough to take a trip to the Netherlands to visit bulb…

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Dene Wood appointed as new Head Gardener at Holkham Hall

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12 May, 2016

Dene completed his one year placement at Chatsworth House (2011-12) and went onto take up a full time post in Chatsworth gardens team. He then joined the 12 strong garden team at Holkham Hall in…

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Lawrence Wright wins Young Horticulturist of the Year

Lawrence Wright YHOY presentation
12 May, 2016

Ex-HBGBee Lawrence Wright wins Young Horticulturist of the Year. Lawrence completed his one year HBGBS placement at Chatsworth House (2013-14) and went on to undertake the Wisley Diploma. This is the third time Lawrence has…

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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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