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Round 3 Trainees visit Georgian Gardens on Heritage Module trip

9 November, 2017

Our 2nd year Stream 2 trainees recently spent a weekend based in Oxford, visiting a variety of landscape gardens to learn more about this era of garden design. The weekend was led by Dr Michael…

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2nd year Trainee Dave Bull travels to USA

2 November, 2017

With financial assistance from the RHS bursary scheme and the Great Dixter Christopher Lloyd bursary, David was able to travel to and spend two weeks working at the famous Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia. An excellently…

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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’s 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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New HBGTP Manager appointed

1 June, 2017

We are pleased to announce that the HBGTP has recruited a new Manager! Elinor Davies will be a familiar face to many of you as she has been with the HBGTP for nearly 2 years…

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Dave Bull’s week at Great Dixter

22 May, 2017

Dave Bull, one of our Stream 2 trainees based at Wrest Park, recently spent a week in the beautiful gardens at Great Dixter. Dave’s visit during the week of 24th April was funded by the…

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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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Kew Royal Botanic Garderns

Apprenticeship opportunities at Kew

27 January, 2017

Apprenticeship in Botanical Horticulture Scheme 10 (2017-2019) 6 positions. Salary  £14,765 (£14,040 + £725 book allowance) The two year Kew apprenticeship is an entry level position designed for individuals desiring a professional career at senior…

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National Trust for Scotland

National Trust for Scotland vacancies

27 January, 2017

Closing date for all posts is 3rd February 2017. The National Trust for Scotland is Scotland’s leading conservation charity and its property portfolio includes some of the country’s finest gardens open to the public. Head…

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Vacancy for a Gardener at Audley End

17 January, 2017

Gardener – Audley End House and Gardens Audley End dates from the early 17th century and comprises a Capability Brown landscape, an elaborate 19th century Parterre and a Victorian Kitchen Garden which is run to…

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Sophie Cook attends International Wildlife Gardening conference

28 November, 2016

HBGTP Trainee Sophie Cook (Dyffryn Gardens): ‘I am particularly interested in bridging the gap between heritage gardening and wildlife conservation. This month the Natural History Museum held an international conference on Wildlife Gardening. I was…

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Student Placements at Westonbirt Arboretum

23 November, 2016

We would like to promote the following vacancy from the Westonbirt Tree Team: Heritage Landscape Arborist 2017/18 12 month work based student placement within the Westonbirt Tree Team Forestry Commission, Westonbirt, The National Arboretum Westonbirt…

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Vacancies at Great Dixter and Wrest Park

Vacancies at Great Dixter and Wrest Park

21 November, 2016

Two exciting horticultural vacancies have recently been brought to our attention: Senior Gardener, Wrest Park: details here Annual Salary of £19,291 with the potential to increase to £20,907 upon completion of all necessary training. Close…

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Calling all great and historic gardens in the UK!

11 November, 2016

Are you interested in hosting a trainee gardener? We would like to invite Expressions of Interest from gardens for placements starting in September 2017.                   We specialise…

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Heritage Module Tour of Oxfordshire Gardens

28 October, 2016

The HBGTP 2 year programme provides an additional 50 hours of learning focusing on the design and management of historic gardens. This Heritage Module consists of three field trips and a lecture series during the…

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My Thoughts...

I now have a challenging, rewarding healthy career and an exciting future. I'm certain that without the leg up that the HBGBS gave me this would not be the case, they definitely facilitated my path into Horticulture.

Dene Wood