This is a one-year course of paid work experience with academic studies within RHS Garden Rosemoor.
The training programme provides an unrivalled opportunity to learn in an environment where there is an extensive and varied collection of ornamental plants.
Additionally, trainees work with and learn from the horticultural staff who have a vast array of expertise and knowledge.
Each September, three candidates are accepted into this position.
Remuneration is currently £13,056 per year, paid monthly.
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The trainees are based at RHS Garden Rosemoor where they rotate through the various departments including estate and nursery, the new garden, fruit and vegetables and Lady Anne's garden.
Skills learnt include machinery maintenance and use, pruning, planting, cultivation, propagation techniques, turf care, fruit and vegetable production and plant identification skills.
Other sources of learning include masterclasses, regular plant identification tests and periodic visits arranged by garden staff.
The CPH trainee is expected to carry out the following coursework:
- Keep a diary
- Write a dissertation
- Design and maintain an allotment
- Undertake fortnightly plant identification tests
It is anticipated that a sandwich year student will have college/university projects to complete and these will be set against RHS commitments where appropriate.
Applicants are expected as a minimum to hold a National Certificate in Horticulture, an RHS Level 2 in Horticulture, or similar. Additionally applicants should also have some practical horticultural experience in a professional environment.
Applicants from overseas are considered, and acceptance is subject to a Work Permit being granted for non-EU nationals.
A good working knowledge of the English language is essential, and evidence to that effect will be requested.
Consideration for the award of Certificate in Practical Horticulture at RHS Garden Rosemoor takes account of the trainee gardener's practical performance within the garden and success in the coursework.
Applications must be made by 31 January in the year of anticipated entry.
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