Heritage an Botanical Gardens Training Programme

Paid placements in the finest British gardens

The Programme

The Historic and Botanic Garden Trainee Programmes (HBGTP) programme 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 programme, 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 through registration with Capel Manor College and study blocks led by their lecturers, leading to the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.

Learn more about the programme

Map of Host Gardens

Please follow this link to view the locations of our host gardens for placements starting in September 2017.

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Latest News

Farewell to our Scheme Manager!

22 March, 2017

HBGTP Scheme Manager Fiona Dennis is moving on. Having taken the scheme from its beginnings in 2006, she has seen the programme complete its 10th year and deliver its 200th trainee. Fiona is going back…

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London Gardens Network Seminar

22 March, 2017

HBGTP trainees recently attended the LGN Seminar held at Kew, which focused on the challenges facing our gardens today, including how biosecurity can help us. Great to see our trainees learning and networking with others…

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Applications open for placements starting in September 2017

10 March, 2017

The HBGTP are offering 20 full time garden training placements starting in September. Within the training programmes, there are two alternative routes, known as streams. Stream 1 is delivered over one year and Stream 2…

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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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