Location: Saffron Walden, Essex
Website: Audley End website
Audley End Gardens is an historic 100 acre site with a wonderful selection of garden areas, including a beautifully restored Jacobean parterre and a 2 acre organic Victorian walled kitchen garden.
You would be given a fantastic opportunity to learn in an environment that offers a hugely varied range of skills and techniques. You would rotate around the different areas of the garden, working in the Pleasure Gardens, kitchen garden, Vinery, Peach Houses, and Orchard House. Over the year, you would gain a variety of practical skills, including use of machinery, planting, pruning, propagation and cultivation.
We presently have two English Heritage trainees working on site, as well as a number of veteran HBGBS trainees who completed their placements at other gardens. Your placement should leave you feeling confident to carry out a large range of horticultural tasks to a high standard. You will have a sound understanding of the principles behind the practice and will be well set-up to take the next step in your career.
Alan North, Head Gardener: “We are delighted to work with the HBGBS, and over the last 4 years it has been fantastic to be part of the scheme. We feel very confident that Audley and the team can offer a first class placement for any trainee. We have seen trainees move to the RHS, Heligan, Cambridge Botanics and more. I believe we offer a excellent opportunity to gain an understanding of all aspects of horticulture within a very busy public garden.”
Placement opportunity: 1 year (2 placements available)
Staff numbers: 11 full-time gardeners; 65 volunteers
Ease of access: Audley End station is just over a mile away. The market town of Saffron Walden, which also has a train station, is 2 miles away.
Accommodation: No dedicated accommodation available.