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NEWS –  Gardens Illustrated Article

The May edition contains a ‘Gardener Portrait’ of Vance Green, a former PGT award recepient.  You never know where an award may take you!

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

leighe-hall-photo2                         Photo Hannah Bird

Leighe Hall                                                Hannah Bird

RHS Level 2 and 3                                    

Steve Haynes                                                    

Steve Haynes

RHS Level 3


Ian Davies                                                   Charlie Bancroft

RObert Oakes photo                        

Robert Oakes                                         Helen Whitehead 

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

Jo Hind                                                    Tom Goffe


Una Craven Graduation Photo

Una Craven

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:

Certificate in Evolutionary Biology              Arbriculture

Julie CLos Photo                               

Julie Clos                                                        Scarlett English

Garden History


Sharon Hodder

Social and Therapeutic Horticulture

julia-kirkham-photo               victoria-brown-photo

Julia Kirkham                             Victoria Brown

Education and Training              David Austin Rose Pruning Course


Steve Williams                                         Eva Glendinning       

Tropical Plant Families Idendification        Professional Gardeners Guild Seminar Weekend

  hetty-ninnis-photo2                             carly-photo

Henrietta Ninnis                                           Carly Green

Permaculture                                Foundation Certificate in Floristry


Ally Hurcikova                                  Makiko Kuga

Garden Centre Management 


Calum Davidson

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

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