Location: Hatfield, St Albans, Hertfordshire
Website: Hatfield House website
Hatfield House was completed in 1611. It was built by Robert Cecil, first Earl of Salisbury and son of Lord Burghley, the chief minister of Elizabeth I. The deer park surrounding the house and the older building of the Old Palace had been owned by Elizabeth’s father, Henry VIII, who had used it as a home for his children, Edward, Elizabeth and Mary. It was while she was living in the Old Palace, in 1558, that Elizabeth learned of her accession to the throne.
Today, Hatfield House is the home of the 7th Marquess and Marchioness of Salisbury. Hatfield House is a varied garden which comprises formal gardens, a kitchen garden, a cut-flower garden, woodland, meadows, glasshouses and parkland.
A trainee based at Hatfield would gain experience in a wide range of general horticultural practices. Machinery used on site includes compact tractors, a ride-on mower, push mowers, robotic mowers, hedgecutters, and two stoke machines. The trainee will work in all areas of the garden during their year at Hatfield.
Placement opportunity: 1 year
7 full-time staff, 24 volunteers
Ease of access:
Hatfield House is 21 miles from Central London, 7 miles north of the M25 motorway (junction 23) and 2 miles east of the A1(M) (junction 4).
The pedestrian entrance to Hatfield Park is opposite Hatfield railway station. The fast train from Kings Cross to Hatfield takes 20 minutes. There are London Underground links with this mainline at Finsbury Park (Piccadilly and Victoria lines). Local bus services regular drop off at Hatfield railway station.
Hatfield town contains a variety of supermarkets and other amenities.
Accommodation: No dedicated accommodation available.