Audley End (English Heritage)
Location: Saffron Walden, Essex
Managed by English Heritage, Audley End is an historic 100 acre site with a wonderful selection of garden areas, including a beautifully restored Jacobean parterre and a 2 acre organic Victorian walled kitchen garden.
You will have the opportunity to learn in an environment that offers a hugely varied range of skills and techniques. You will rotate around the different areas of the garden, working in the ornamental gardens, landscape and Kitchen Garden with its historic Vinery and Orchard House. Over the year, you would gain a variety of practical skills, including use of machinery, planting, pruning, propagation and cultivation.
We currently have two trainees working on site, as well as a number of veteran HBGBS trainees who have stayed on to work at Audley End. Your placement should leave you feeling confident to carry out a large range of horticultural tasks to a high standard. You will have a sound understanding of the principles behind the practice and will be well set-up to take the next step in your career.
Placement opportunity: 1 year (2 placements available)
Staff numbers: 10 gardeners plus 2 Trainees; 60 volunteers
Ease of access: Audley End station is just over a mile away. The market town of Saffron Walden, which also has a train station, is 2 miles away.
Accommodation: No dedicated accommodation available.