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Garden Placements available now

We are pleased to announce this year’s placement opportunities from the Historic and Botanic Garden Bursary Scheme (HBGBS) for this September’s intake.

Historic and Botanic Garden Bursary Scheme

New this year: the Historic and Botanic Garden Trainee Programme (HBGTP). This new programme offers one and two year placements. English Heritage working in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens and Capel Manor College.

All HBGTP trainees will have:

  • A full-time 12 month employment contract with the garden
  • A wage no less than the National Minimum Wage
  • A supervisor assigned to mentor their placement and guide their practical training
  • A programme of practical tasks to be undertaken during the year
  • Weekly plant identification tests
  • Access to The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s virtual learning environment

Stream 1: One year practical placement

Although there are no formal qualifications arising from the placement the trainee will have access to one of two optional units on the RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation, through PropaGate, the virtual learning environment of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE). Trainees will have full access to the unit, discussion forums and RBGE’s pool of tutors, and will be accessing the material in parallel with Stream 2 trainees, so a wider sense of community can result.

  • HBGTP Certificate on completion

Stream 2: Two year placement with study blocks (14 weeks)

As part of the HBGTP, this stream will be delivered in conjunction with:

  • RHS Level 3 Diploma in the principles and practices of horticulture
  • Two further practical qualifications e.g.
    -       PA1 and PA6 Pesticide application (C&G)
    -       Compact tractor qualification (C&G)

Host Gardens

On the application form it asks you to name the garden that you have a preference for. You can name as many as you like or simply say ‘any’. This is the list of the gardens that are offering one or both streams of placements.

Host gardens include:

Stream 1

  • Audley End
  • Beningbrough Hall
  • Mount Stewart and Rowallane
  • Osborne House
  • Trentham

Stream 2

  • Chatsworth House
  • Cliveden
  • Great Dixter
  • Gravetye
  • Mount Stewart and Rowallane
  • Sissinghurst
  • Wrest Park

When submitting your application do ensure that you complete the correct form which can be downloaded below.

See the HBGBS website for a further details or contact Scheme Coordinator, Fiona Dennis. Email: Fiona.Dennis@english-heritage.org.uk Tel: 01737 245 067

Closing date: Friday 7 March. 


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