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!"
Kate McColl

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Latest News

HBGTP Graduation Day

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30 September, 2016

A splendid Graduation Awards Ceremony was held yesterday at English Heritage‚Äôs magnificent Grade 1 listed Wrest Park in Bedfordshire. Sixteen trainees graduated this year: nine from the 1-year placement programme and seven from the 2-year…

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Meadow Management Internship at Sissinghurst Castle

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27 September, 2016

On the 1st of August, three HBGTP trainees began a week’s Meadow Management Internship at Sissinghurst Castle Gardens. Hugh and Eleonora (training at Cliveden) and Vicky (training at Nymans) joined fellow horticultural trainees from Kew…

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Biddulph Grange win Silver Medal at Tatton Park Show

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22 July, 2016

Congratulations to Natalie Angus and rest of the team from Biddulph Grange! They received a silver medal for their innovative show garden at RHS Tatton Park Show. Natalie enjoyed spending time with her mentor, Leslie…

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Trainee exchange between Osborne & Audley End

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6 July, 2016

Mark and India recently visited Audley End in Essex on a week-long exchange from Osborne on the Isle of Wight. Whilst there, they took the opportunity to team up with Alison and Kate (our Audley…

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