Applications are open!

1 March, 2024

Applications for the HBGTP are now open and for anyone considering applying, here’s everything you need to know….

  • There are 17 trainee placements available this year based in 14 prestigious UK gardens, with some gardens hosting more than one placement. The list of upcoming placement gardens can be found here.
  • Placements are for 12-months, full-time and paid a salary of at least the National Living Wage. Click here for more information on the criteria for applying.
  • Applications will close at midnight on Sunday 31st March 2024.
  • In-person interviews will take place at the various placement gardens in May and June.
  • Placements commence in September 2024.
  • A ‘HBGTP Certificate of Completion’ will be awarded upon completion of the placement.

What does a HBGTP placement involve?

Over the 12 months a trainee will gain valuable experience of working alongside a professional team of horticulturists in a historic or botanic UK garden.

They will also complete 3 written projects, keep a daily technical journal and take part in regular plant identification tests.

The projects allow the trainee to undertake independent research into specialist areas, encouraging in-depth understanding. The technical journal encourages the trainees to develop the habit of professional observation and reflection, and the plant identification tests help to increase plant knowledge.

There is also an autumn Trainee Seminar and a Study Tour in the summer!


We have lots of information on the training programme, trainee bursary and the trainee experience on our website.

The HBGTP is managed by English Heritage. To apply to become the next HBGTP trainee click on the link below. You will be redirected to the English Heritage jobs portal.

Click here for the HBGTP Traineeship Application

2024-25 HBGTP Placement Garden: Osborne, Isle of Wight (English Heritage)

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