Heritage an Botanical Gardens Training Programme
Paid placements in the finest British gardens
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!?
Explore the trainee experience
28 October, 2015
One of our new trainees, Rachel Brown, talks about her experience at Bicton College and how it helped her into horticulture in an article in Exeter Living (page 47): http://flickread.com/edition/PensordFreeLibrary/560d46a592053/
21 October, 2015
The joint HBGTP & PGG Trainee Seminar was held at Dunford House, Midhurst, last weekend. Highlights included visits to RHS Wisley and West Dean. It was also great for all the trainees to get a…
21 October, 2015
Our new 2 year trainees are now coming to the end of their first study block. They have spent two weeks at Wrest Park, including a day at Capel Manor, studying for their first RHS…
29 September, 2015
Our 2nd year trainees have started their fifth study block this week. Lovely weather to be at Wrest Park! On Wednesday and Thursday, they were…