Heritage an Botanical Gardens Training Programme

The Historic and Botanic Garden Trainee Programme started in 2006, with an aim to ensure that the skills needed to work in a historic garden were passed on to those passionate and committed to a career as a gardener. Specialist on the tools training combined with written projects, plant idents and a daily journal, provide the practical skills, and theoretical knowledge to get started in the historic or botanic garden sector.

The Programme:

  • The HBGTP provides full time paid work as a gardener in a UK historic or botanic garden, placements last 12 months*and start in September each year.
  • Placement gardens are subject to change each year, gardens hosting trainees in 2019 will be announced in February.
  • You can apply from the start of March 2019, via this website. Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to apply but must be able to demonstrate some prior paid or voluntary experience working in the horticulture sector within a team.
*Trainees are paid a minimum of national living wage and are expected to work 5 days a week. The 2 year traineeship will not be running in 2019.

Download one of our leaflets:

Map of Placement Gardens

Please click on the map to view the locations of our placement gardens in 2018.


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HBGTP Trainees at Osborne 2018

HBGTP Trainees at Trentham 2018