Aberglasney Gardens invites student applications for paid heritage course

Aberglasney Gardens is calling for applications to a heritage horticultural training scheme and is to showcase work from its first students this Friday (23 November).

The gardens in Llangathen, Carmarthenshire, is looking to take on around a dozen students for its second intake on the 14-month Heritage Horticulture Skills Scheme.

Each student receives a £10,000-a-year bursary from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Head Gardener Joseph Atkin said: "We need to fill the skills gap in heritage-skilled gardeners and we’ve got some real belters coming through. The crux of the course is that it’s really, really practical.

"The diaries our students keep are up to Kew standards and they have plant idents really pummelled into them. There is no age limit, our training gardeners range from 18 to 50 but you need a little experience and a level 1 qualification."

Students gain an RHS level 2 qualification in practical horticulture and a level 2 Lantra qualification and traditional skills taught include seed gathering and old –fashioned methods of lifting large trees.

Atkin said the open day on Friday would include practical demonstrations of traditional horticultural methods. Students, teachers and senior garden staff would be on hand to offer advice and more information.

For more information email headgardener@aberglasney.org


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Read These Next

Sargent's solutions - how to turn the loss of a key member of staff into a positive

Sargent's solutions - how to turn the loss of a key member of staff into a positive

Losing a valued member of staff can be a positive opportunity for change rather than a disaster, Alan Sargent suggests.

I will not be importing oaks this season. Will you?

I will not be importing oaks this season. Will you?

I find myself in a difficult situation. A few weeks ago I was fortunate to be present to hear details of imminent changes to regulations concerning Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) and oak trees. I heard details, asked questions and probed the implications of these changes. That may not sound like a difficult position to be in, yet I am uneasy.

Are tree suppliers seeing the benefit of the health message of trees?

Are tree suppliers seeing the benefit of the health message of trees?

The message that health, the environment and business all benefit from trees is finally getting through, but are nurseries seeing an upturn? Sally Drury reports.


Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +

HORTICULTURE WEEK Custodian Awards

Find out more about the outstanding parks, gardens and arboricultural projects and teams that became our Custodian Award 2018 winners.

Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Products & Kit Resources