Audley End (English Heritage)
Location: Saffron Walden, Essex
Audley End Gardens 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.
Trainees will have the opportunity to learn in an environment that offers a hugely varied range of skills and techniques. Trainees 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 12 months, trainees will gain a variety of practical skills, including use of machinery, planting, pruning, propagation and cultivation.
Trainees will receive the support they need to build their confidence to carry out a large range of horticultural tasks to a high standard. They will have a sound understanding of the principles behind the practice and will be well set-up to take the next step in their career. There are several previous HBGTP trainees who have stayed on to work at Audley End and there are currently two HBGTP trainee placements available.
Placements available: Two
Staff numbers: 10 gardeners plus 2 HBGTP 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.