Sixteen year old student Bradley Rogers will combine work at Batsford over the next two years with a course at Moreton Morell College.
Rogers approached Batsford operations director Stuart Priest about the apprenticeship following a period of work experience at the arboretum. Priest said Batsford has been keen to take on apprentices but couldn’t find the right person.
"We employed local man Jeremy Hill in 1988 and the experience helped him decide to continue training in horticulture before setting up a successful landscape and garden maintenance firm," he said.
"Since then we’ve tried to find someone else, but it wasn’t until Bradley came along we felt we had someone with the right attitude and passion for the job."