Skip to content
  • Apprenticeship / Traineeship
  • London
  • National Living Wage / Year

Website English Heritage & Various Placement Gardens

Are you a Committed Gardener wanting to take the next step in horticulture? If so English Heritage & Various Placement Gardens has a program for you!

Historic and Botanic Garden Traineeship – London

| English Heritage & Various Placement Gardens

Location: London

Full Time

Salary: National Living Wage

Closing date: Sunday 31st March

Start Date: September

Job Description

Established in 2006, the Historic and Botanic Garden Training Programme (HBGTP) is managed by English Heritage and offers garden traineeships at a range of outstanding placement gardens.

The HBGTP accepts applications on an annual basis, this year we are recruiting for 17 new trainees to join professional garden teams at various locations around the UK. Positions are full-time and fixed term lasting 12 months.

Are you a committed gardener, looking to take the next step into a career in horticulture? This is an incredible opportunity for an enthusiastic person to gain practical paid experience within an historic or botanic garden. The role will enable you as a trainee to experience a broad range of activities, helping to develop your practical skills and increase your horticultural knowledge!

It is the intention of the HBGTP and English Heritage that the skills acquired as a result of the placement will be used to help sustain and develop the UK historic and botanic garden sector.

As an HBGTP trainee you will work outside full-time in the garden, obtaining specialist on-the-tools training whilst immersing yourself in the heritage and beauty of one of Britain’s finest gardens.

In addition, during your placement, you will complete 3 written projects, keep a daily technical journal, and undertake regular plant identification tests.

By working alongside the gardening team through the seasons you will develop your practical skills and increase your technical knowledge. Full support and training will be given, allowing you to develop your love of horticulture into a blooming career!

To be considered as an HBGTP trainee, you will need:

– Previous practical experience (this can be paid or voluntary)

– Interest and commitment to work in the sector

– Ability that a placement could develop or enhance

– Self-motivation and ambition

Please note that qualifications are not a requirement for this post. However, some prior paid or voluntary experience in the horticulture sector is required. All placements are salaried positions.

More information can be found on the HBG Training Programme by visiting our website:


As a HBGTP trainee, you will also benefit from a fully funded four-day Autumn Trainee Seminar and a three-day Summer Study Tour. Both provide the opportunity to visit some terrific gardens, attend expert guest lectures and network with other trainees.


When applying, you will be asked to select your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of placement garden. Or for those who fancy an adventure, you can leave your choices open and select ‘any’! Further information on our placement gardens can be found in the attached ‘HBGTP Placements 2024-2025’ brochure.


Shortlisting will be conducted by HBGTP employees and representatives from the placement gardens. Therefore, information on your application will be shared with external representatives outside of English Heritage but will strictly not be used for any other purpose.


We are committed to providing you with an excellent trainee experience. We provide structure and support to both you and your placement garden through an Individual Training Plan, as well as regular contact in person and via email/phone.

As a trainee you will also benefit from being part of a cohort, enabling you to communicate, network and potentially visit other trainees in their gardens. All placement gardens contain experienced teams of three or more gardeners, who will guide you through the year helping to broaden your skills and build your confidence.

We would be delighted to hear from you if you would like to talk to us about this role before you apply, e.g. regarding workplace adjustments, working patterns, please contact Elinor Davies, HBGTP Manager, on No agencies please.

Further Information

You can find out more about the HBG Training Programme here Our website contains lots of information on the programme along with videos and stories from past trainees.

You can also find out more about English Heritage by visiting -us/.


How to Apply

Please apply by clicking on the link below.

Historic and Botanic Garden Training Programme (HBGTP)