Become a Placement Garden

If you are interested in becoming a placement garden, please read the documents for prospective placement gardens here. If you meet the relevant criteria, please download the Expression of Interest form and return it to

It isn’t just our trainees who benefit from the HBGTP. Placement gardens benefit too, by taking on enthusiastic people who are committed to a future in horticulture. Representatives from placement gardens participate in the interview process to select the trainees they feel are best matched to their needs. In this way, the HBGTP aims to play its part in securing the future of significant British gardens, by strengthening their teams and sharing knowledge.

To participate in the programme, placement gardens must demonstrate a genuine interest in mentoring a trainee gardener and promoting the transfer of skills and best practice. The garden team must consist of no less than three full time equivalent members of staff.

The HBGTP may contribute a bursary payment to eligible placement gardens to support the cost of a trainee salary.

You can see a list of our current and past placement gardens on our placements page.

What our trainee supervisors say

“Historic Royal Palaces has benefited from its involvement with the scheme…we have recruited 2 young trainees and we will use some of the ideas from the scheme to aid their training with Historic Royal Palaces.”

Anthony Boulding, Hampton Court Palace

“Again we learned that the team generally should, can and do continue to develop and learn when there is gentle encouragement and they are stretched by the trainees.”

Steve Porter, Chatsworth House

“The scheme was a wake-up call for me to see what other organisations were doing to support training. I found the scheme a good opportunity to network with other gardens undertaking this initiative.”

Stella Roberts, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

“Relaying my training back. Plant idents are bringing me back to my learning roots, working very well.”

Stephen Lloyd, Hergest Croft.

Become a placement garden

Contact us to find out more about applying to become a placement garden.

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