The Professional Gardeners’ Trust offers awards named after significant donors and from its general funds.  The Trust selects the most appropriate award for the applicant.  TO APPLY PLEASE SEE APPLY PAGE

Between them, the awards cover trainings for gardeners at all stages of their careers, acquiring new skills and developing their horticultural knowledge and experience (Continued Professional Development).  Self employed gardeners and employed gardeners are eligible.  All applicants must demonstrate a commitment to horticulture as their professional career.


There are 7 different donations that the Professional Gardeners’ Trust can utilise:

  • The National Garden Scheme – substantial funding from the NGS Open Gardens Scheme has enabled the PG Trust to significantly expand its training programmme –

  • The Mollie Salisbury Bequest – a generous donation from the family of the late Dowager Marchioness of Salisbury who made Hatfield House famous for its garden. 

  • The Lironi award is funded by Perennial from its Lironi Training Fund.  Awards are for working gardeners and trainees, and those who have recently completed a recognised training or academic course in horticulture and who are starting horticutural work – 

  • The Worshipful Company of Gardeners has made an annually recurring grant. This is available for a wide variety of training –

  • The Royal Botanical and Horticultural Society of Manchester and the Northern Counties Award –  to be used exclusively to assist northern based projects.  Gardeners working in the north of England are eligible for this award.

  • The Birkbeck Garden History Gorup (BGHG) Award – is available to professional gardeners wishing to broaden their knowledge of garden history by attending lectures, conferences, courses and study days –  Birkbeck Garden History Group

  • Kenwyn Pearson Award – The Professional Gardeners’ Guild funds an annual award known as the Kenwyn Pearson Award named after the Trust’s first Honorary Secretary who did so much to establish the Trust and is awarded to gardeners who are members of the PGG –