About the Programme
About the programme
The HBGTP programme represents a truly exceptional opportunity for committed and enthusiastic horticulturists to progress their careers. By working alongside the professional teams within exceptional British gardens, trainees build a solid technical knowledge and acquire high-level practical skills.
What we do
We offer salaried and fully-funded placements for trainees. Placements last for one year and include both hands-on experience and regular testing of knowledge. We have previously also offered partial sponsorship for a two-year course, run in association with Capel Manor College, and leading to the Royal Horticultural Society Level 3 Diploma in Horticulture. However, we are not currently running this 2 year course.
A history of success, securing the future
Since the HBGBS (the precursor of the HBGTP) was founded in 2006, the programme has provided garden placements for over 270 trainees. We’re proud to have opened doors for so many passionate and talented horticulturists. Through sharing professional skills and strengthening gardens teams, the HBGTP has made a significant contribution towards securing the future of our historic gardens.
The finest gardens
Trainees are placed in some of Britain’s most beautiful and elegant gardens. Recent placements have included Cliveden, with its history of intrigue and scandal, the magnificent gardens of Chatsworth House, and the world-renowned Oxford Botanic Gardens.
World class supporters and partners
The HBGTP programme owes its success to the ongoing support of the Heritage Lottery Fund (now the National Lottery Heritage Fund) and partners from world-class organisations, including:
- English Heritage
- Capel Manor College
- The Royal Horticultural Society
- The National Trust
We’re also grateful for the invaluable assistance received from:
- The Stanley Smith (UK) Horticultural Trust
- The Barbara and Phillip Denny Trust
- The Sackler Trust
- The Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust
We thank all of our partners for their generous support.