Heritage an Botanical Gardens Training Programme

The Historic and Botanic Garden Trainee 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* 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 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.

*Trainees are paid a minimum of national living wage. The 2 year traineeship will not be running in 2019.

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Do you love plants? Do you love gardening? Do you want a career in horticulture? If so then apply now to become a Stream 1 Historic and Botanic Garden Trainee.

See 2019 placement gardens

Update: Walmer Castle and Trentham Gardens now join our list of placement gardens for 2019

Apply to become a HBGTP trainee

Please note: The HBGTP is managed by English Heritage, clicking the button above will take you through to the English Heritage job vacancy. Please apply for the ‘HBGTP 1 Year Traineeship’, and submit your application by the 1st of April 2019.

Find out more about the Stream 1 programme

Map of Placement Gardens

Please click on the map to view the locations of our placement gardens in 2019.

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HBGTP Trainees at Osborne 2018

HBGTP Trainees at Trentham 2018