Heritage an Botanical Gardens Training Programme

HBGTP Trainee Applications

The next opportunity to apply to become a HBG trainee will be March 2023, for a September 2023 start. If you would like to receive a notification when applications open, please sign up here.

Become a 2023 Placement Garden

Each year we look for prestigious historic and botanic gardens to join us in hosting an HBG trainee. If you are interested, please click the button below to read our placement provider criteria and submit an application form. Applications must be submitted by the 1st of December 2022.

At this time we are accepting placement garden applications for traineeships commencing in September 2023. A bursary towards the cost of a trainee salary will be offered to eligible gardens.

2022 Placement Gardens

We are happy to announce that the gardens offering placements from September 2022 will be as follows:

  • Aldourie Castle
  • Audley End (English Heritage)
  • Boughton House
  • Chatsworth House
  • National Botanic Garden of Wales
  • Ness Botanic Gardens
  • Osborne (English Heritage)
  • St Andrews Botanic Garden
  • Tregothnan
  • Walmer Castle (English Heritage)
  • Winterbourne Botanic Garden
  • Wrest Park (English Heritage)

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The Historic and Botanic Garden Training Programme began in 2006, with an aim to ensure that the skills needed to work in a historic or botanic garden were passed on to those passionate and committed to a career in horticulture.

The Programme:

  • The HBGTP provides full-time paid work (minimum of national living wage) as a trainee gardener in a UK historic or botanic garden, placements last 12 months and start in September each year.
  • Specialist on-the-tools training is combined with written projects, plant idents and a daily journal.
  • You can apply from the start of March 2023, 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.
The HBGTP Programme

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Trainee Experience Watch

HBGTP Trainees at Osborne 2018

HBGTP Trainees at Trentham 2018