HBGTP Graduation 2023

12 September, 2023

We are very pleased to announce that a further cohort of trainees have graduated from the Historic & Botanic Garden Training Programme (HBGTP). Their success was celebrated on the 30th of August at Wrest Park, Bedfordshire.

The event, which takes place each year, sees trainees gather for a formal presentation of their certificates in the superb 18th-century mansion, with the backdrop of the Grade I listed formal gardens. The 15 graduates, along with their family and friends, industry professionals and representatives from the trainees’ placement gardens, were able to celebrate in sunshine and splendour.

This year we were delighted to welcome speakers Mark Stuart-Smith, Interim Chief Executive and John Watkins, Head of Gardens & Landscape from English Heritage, along with Rupert Tyler, Chairman for the National Garden Scheme (NGS). Certificates were awarded by Rupert Tyler. The attendees were also treated to a display of the trainees’ project work whilst enjoying cream teas, and then had the opportunity to explore the gardens at Wrest Park.

Our congratulations to trainees:

  • Aaron Belcher (Tregothnan)
  • Anna Johnson (Audley End)
  • Charlotte Seers (Audley End)
  • Claire Shaw (Boughton House)
  • Elizabeth Lanigan (National Botanic Garden of Wales)
  • Genevieve Slater (Aldourie Castle)
  • Hannah Fisher (Wrest Park)
  • Holly Radford (Ness Botanic Gardens)
  • Jack Phillpotts (Winterbourne House and Garden)
  • Jake Fleming (Wrest Park)
  • Leo Holmes (Chatsworth House)
  • Lydia Foss (Osborne)
  • Olivia Lockyear (Osborne)
  • Pippa Lowen (Walmer Castle)
  • Ruth Bidgood (Wrest Park)

HBGTP Graduation 2023 at Wrest Park

We are extremely grateful for the support of the National Garden Scheme (NGS), whose support is enabling trainees to take part in the HBGTP.

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