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A Snapshot of Life at Ness Botanic Gardens

7 April, 2020

Before the COVID-19 lockdown began, our trainee Mike Roberts gave an interview to the Gentian, the magazine for members of Ness Botanic Gardens. Here is the article for you to enjoy:

Vacancy for an Apprentice at Belsay

13 January, 2020

English Heritage are currently advertising for an Apprentice Gardener at Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens: https://www.horticulturejobs.co.uk/job/334924/apprentice-gardener-belsay-hall-castle-and-gardens/?LinkSource=PremiumListing This 2-year role is an amazing opportunity to be part of an ambitious project to revitalise one of England’s most…

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Trainee Seminar held in Sussex

30 October, 2019

Our new HBGTP trainees spent this weekend visiting gardens in Sussex and attending lectures and workshops with fellow PGG and MacRobert Trust trainees. Activities included an Experts Panel and a quiz on horticulture. Many thanks…

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23 New HBGTP Graduates!

24 September, 2019

Friday 30th August saw 23 talented horticulturalists graduate from the Historic and Botanic Garden Training Program (HBGTP) at Wrest Park, Bedfordshire. Sunshine and scones greeted the graduates and their families, industry professionals and representatives from…

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Anthony Callan’s Trip to Canada

5 August, 2019

In May 2019, Anthony Callan, who previously spent a year at Trentham Gardens as an HBGTP trainee, traveled to Canada with the support of the RHS and Merlin Trust. Anthony spent 10 days working at…

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Stream 2 Trainees Victorians Heritage Module

Stream 2 Trainees Victorians Heritage Module

25 July, 2019

Our Stream 2 trainees recently spent a weekend visiting Victorian gardens in the Midlands, as the conclusion to their final Study Block with Capel Manor. The trip was led by Michael Klemperer, English Heritage’s Senior…

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HBGTP trainees at Chelsea Flower Show

11 June, 2019

On Friday 24th May, seven of our trainees were lucky enough to attend the RHS Young People’s Breakfast at Chelsea Flower Show. The event was compered by Adam Frost of Gardeners’ World, with talks from…

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Stream 1 Trainees Study Tour 2019

22 May, 2019

We recently took our 15 Stream 1 trainees on a tour of gardens in the West Midlands. Accommodation was provided by Pershore Horticultural College. Gardens visited included: Sezincote Hidcote Kiftsgate Compton Verney Hanbury Hall Witley…

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Stream 2 trainees attend Study Block at Wrest Park

21 February, 2019

Our second year Stream 2 trainees recently spent 2 weeks at Wrest Park studying towards their RHS Level 3 Diplomas with tutors from Capel Manor College. During the second week, they sat exams and undertook…

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Oxford trainees visit Wales

5 February, 2019

Our two HBGTP trainees from Oxford Botanic Garden, Robert Taite and Emma McFarline, recently paid a visit to the National Botanic Garden of Wales. They were hosted by apprentices Jen Keyte and Ben Wilde, who…

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Merry Christmas to all!

20 December, 2018

We would like to send a Christmas message to all of our trainees and partners. Thanks for all of your hard work this year! Here is a festive photo of Rowallane, Northern Ireland, taken by…

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Joint Trainee Seminar

28 November, 2018

At the end of October, our 17 new HBGTP trainees travelled to Pullborough in Sussex. They were joined by trainees from the Professional Gardeners Guild scheme and the MacRobert Trust. The trainees spent a very…

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Graduation Ceremony at Wrest Park

3 October, 2018

August 29th 2018 saw both Stream 1 and Stream 2 HBGTP trainees graduate in beautiful sunshine at Wrest Park. This is our third graduation ceremony, with 14 out of 22 trainees attending with friends and…

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Welcome to our new HBGTP Trainees!

7 September, 2018

We are very excited to welcome 17 new trainees onto the Historic and Botanic Garden Trainee Stream 1 Programme. The trainees who were successful out of a very high number of applicants are: Aberglasney: Charlotte…

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Sophie’s Trip

14 June, 2018

Last year Sophie was fortunate enough to attend the inspirational ‘Urban Growth’ conference in Sweden hosted by Julia Andersson and Peter Korn. Peter gave a talk on his method of gardening which involves planting into…

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Round 4 trainees visit Midlands gardens

10 May, 2018

This past weekend saw our 1st year Stream 2 trainees exploring historic gardens in Warwickshire and Worcestershire as part of their Tudors Heritage Garden Module. The group, guided by expert guide John Watkins (Head of…

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Julie’s Magnolias

27 April, 2018

  Recently, one of our trainees, Julie Fairhurst, has taken on the task of updating the mapping and recording of the National Collection of Magnolia at Bodnant Gardens in North West Wales. Equipped with a…

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Stream 2 trainees complete 2 week Study Block

12 February, 2018

Our 1st and 2nd year Stream 2 trainees recently spent a fortnight at Wrest Park, studying for their RHS Level 3 Diplomas under the direction of tutors from Capel Manor College. The trainees sat their…

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Previous HBGTP Trainee appointed as Head Gardener at Perennial’s York Gate

6 February, 2018

Congratulations to Ben Preston, who has recently started work as Head Gardener at Perennial’s York Gate, Leeds. Ben completed a HBGTP placement at Audley End in 2014. Since then, he has worked as Head Gardener…

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My Thoughts...

I now have a challenging, rewarding healthy career and an exciting future. I'm certain that without the leg up that the HBGBS gave me this would not be the case, they definitely facilitated my path into Horticulture.

Dene Wood