Location: Ripon, North Yorkshire
Website: Newby Hall website
Newby Hall has 40 acres of formal gardens, dating back to the 18th century. The estate was voted the Historic Houses’ Garden of the Year in 2019. Highlights of the garden include the longest double herbaceous border in the UK and a national collection of Cornus. There are ten compartmented areas, including a rock garden, a water garden, a white garden, a tropical garden, an autumn garden and a rose garden.
In the wider estate, there are two ornamental woodland areas and historic orchards. A river runs through the garden, which welcomes visitors between April and September. Newby has been used as a filming location for Peaky Blinders, Victoria, Gentleman Jack and many other productions.
A trainee at Newby will work alongside an experienced team of professional gardeners and volunteers. They will gain practical experience with hand tools and powered equipment, interact with visitors, and work across all areas of the garden.
Placement opportunity: 1 year
Staff numbers: 7 full-time gardeners; 10 volunteers; 4 day-release students
Ease of access: Newby Hall is just a few miles from the A1(M), the main London to Edinburgh motorway. The nearest train station is Harrogate, 15 miles away. Ripon, 4 miles away, has a variety of supermarkets, restaurants and other amenities.
Accommodation: No dedicated accommodation available.