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NEWS – announcing the Horticulture Week/Professional Gardeners’ Trust Award Report Competition

In association with Horticulture Week, the PGTrust is running a report competition. The prize is a year’s free on-line subscription to Horticulture Week.

The judges will decide which report best demonstrates the value of the grant and how the training undertaken contributed to the student’s professional prospects.

Remember to apply at least six weeks before the course begins!


Horticultural qualification

Working gardeners or full-time horticultural trainees are helped to continue their formal horticultural education by attending college courses on day release or evening courses, or through distance learning.

RHS Level 2


Kathryn Smith                                           Caroline Kirk      


Naomi Trenier                                            Nijel Collingham


Tom Brownson                                          Jenni Quinlan


Violet Gibbs                                              Megan Whale


Nicola Abbott                                               Neil Summerson

Tim Jones

RHS Level 3


Ian Davies                                                  Riyah Snow


Marina Peneva                                   Helen Whitehead 

jo-hinds-border-jpg                          Tom Gogge - veg harvest - RHS 3    

Jo Hind                                                    Tom Goffe

RHS Masters

Gina Beresford

Please click on the following link to read comments from previous recipients of awards – Horticultural Qualifications


Work placement or exchange

Professional gardeners are helped to experience the contrasting working environment of another garden for a few weeks. The objective is to develop existing skills or learn new skills by means of a secondment, or even an exchange on the basis of joint applications between gardens.

The Award can support loss of earnings, the cost of backfill whilst the beneficiary is away, accommodation, transport costs and travel insurance. These are usually financed through the Finnis Scott Award.

Please click on applicants name in blue to read their report.



David Bull – Great Dixter                             Tamar Kendall – Chelsea Physic Garden


Laura jones photo                                       Luke photo

Laura Jones – Sir Harold Hillier Gardens           Luke Price – Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

                                       Rosanno photo2

Cathy Lewis – Tresco                                            Rosanno Cavallo – Levens Hall  


Certificate for use of equipment

Employers often require certificates to prove competence in use of horticultural equipment and many gardeners in the early stages of their horticultural careers have received awards from the Trust to obtain these.

Safe application of pesticide certificates PA1 and PA6:

Ed Bowring                                             Stephen Parkes  


Nicola Shah                                           Sarah Kirton


Helen Watts                                         Mireille Godert


Fay Sizer                                           Adam Smart

Please click on the following link to see more photos and comments from previous recipients of awards – Safe application of pesticide


Chainsaw training is particularly rigourous and certificates are not easy to achieve; read how hard our beneficiaries worked to become competent chainsaw operators.


Yvette Bell                                                 Chris MacDonald


Dylan Collingham                                       David Wilson 

paul-smyth-photo                        modesta-photo2

Paul Smyth                                           Modesta Peckaityte

Please click on the following link to see more photos and comments from previous recipients of awards –     Certificate for use of equipment – chainsaw


Use of other equipment:

Liam Busbym photo                      

Liam Busby – Tractor Driving            Vance Green – Mini Digger



Hilary Shedel – Tractor Driving

Please click on the following link to see more comments from previous recipients of awards – Use of other equipment


Other training

Horticulture encompasses so many skills. Completed awards include:

Walled Kitchen Garden Conference    Arbriculture


Hélèna Dove                                         Scarlett English

Garden History                       Urban Conference, Lund, Sweden


Sharon Hodder                        Sophie Cook

Japanese Gardens               Foundation Certificate in Floristry


Kate White                                Makiko Kuga                

Permaculture                            Garden Centre Management 

ally-hurckikova            callum-davidson-photo

Ally Hurcikova                             Calum Davidson

Please click on the following link to see more comments from previous recipients of awards – Other Training

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