Boughton House

Location: Kettering, Northamptonshire

Website: Boughton House website

At Boughton, a primarily 18th-century garden and landscape surrounds a historic house belonging to the current Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensbury. The gardens and landscape contain historical features from before the 18th century, as well as contemporary additions and features.

Key garden elements are: the walled gardens, a rose garden, a plant collections garden, vegetable gardens, an orchard, and various glasshouses. The Grade I formal landscape consists of tree-lined avenues, lawns, canalised water features, formal woodland and an historic deer park.

This large and diverse site offers something for everyone. We would expect a trainee to gain a broad insight and knowledge of how a privately-owned historic garden and landscape operate.

There is the opportunity to gain expertise in propagation and plant knowledge, as well as experience of managing an historic landscape. Garden machinery used on site ranges from mowers and clearing saws to tractors.

The successful candidate will be instrumental in restoring a post-war garden, consisting of a unique collection of plants which were amassed by two prominent horticultural figures.

Placement opportunity: 1 year

Staff numbers:
6 to 7 full-time staff, 2 seasonal staff and 3 volunteers

Ease of access:
Boughton House is situated off the A43, three miles north of Kettering, through the village of Geddington. East Midlands Trains run regular services to Kettering from London. On reaching Kettering by public transport, we would recommend a taxi for the journey to Boughton.

As well as the train station, Kettering has a variety of supermarkets and other amenities.

Accommodation: No trainee accommodation available


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