This bursary helps support horticultural trainees undertaking practical work experience in a recognised public garden.
This bursary is awarded to sponsor individuals (of British or Irish Citizenship) undertaking up to one year of work experience in a public garden. Individuals will have an opportunity to work alongside existing garden staff to gain practical skills in plantsmanship and all aspects of garden and estate management. This bursary was established in 2008 by Dr Henry Pearson in memory of his late wife, Susan Pearson.
The Society particularly welcomes applications from individuals intending to pursue Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and/or complementary training provided by a local college/accredited training centre.
General conditions of application
- Applications are to be submitted by a proposed host garden open to the public (e.g. such as those within the RHS Recommended Garden Scheme and be accompanied by an outline programme of the work the trainee will undertake and, where appropriate, details of any intended CPD/training courses.
- The host garden must be able to provide a comprehensive programme of training and practical work experience under the mentoring guidance of experienced staff.
- Although not essential on entry, it is anticipated that any proposed trainee will possess a certificate, diploma or graduate qualification in horticulture and be seeking practical experience and employment.
- The proposed trainee will be based at the host garden and hold an employment contract for up to 12 months, with terms and conditions determined by the employer.
- The proposed trainee must be either a British and/or Irish Citizen.
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