Heritage an Botanical Gardens Training Programme

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.

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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

Record numbers graduate from HBGTP Scheme

30 August, 2017

Thursday the 24th of August saw 25 HBGTP trainees graduate in beautiful sunshine at English Heritage‚Äôs Wrest Park, Bedfordshire. Trainees graduating come from a range of backgrounds. For some, joining the scheme marked the first…

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Trentham trainee Alex visits Audley End

10 August, 2017

One of our current trainees at Trentham, Alex Clarke, enjoyed an exchange visit to Audley End recently. Pictured are Audley End trainees Fred Stratford and Anna Cartwright with Trentham trainee Alex (front). The trainees got…

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Sophie Cook visits Romania on the AGS Study Tour

8 August, 2017

Sophie says: ”I was fortunate enough to receive funding from the RHS to join a study tour run by the Alpine Garden Society (AGS) to view alpine species in Romania this summer. Over a period…

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Our new HBGTP Training Support Officer

8 August, 2017

We are delighted to announce that we have appointed a new Training Support Officer for the HBGTP. Joanne Illsley begins work this week (part-time: Monday, Thursday and Friday). Jo’s role involves visiting the trainees at…

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