To apply for an award from the Professional Gardeners’ Trust (PGT) you need to be a professional gardener, who is unable to finance their own training.

We need to receive your complete application a minimum of EIGHT WEEKS before you need to enrol for the course. 

To make an application you will need to fill in and send an application form (MS Word download) and full CV. We also ask for two referees that we can approach. This information, together with your online presence (for example: Instagram, Linkedin, Facebook, blogs), is assessed by our Board of Trustees, who consider both you and the course you have chosen. Once a decision has been reached, you will be informed and payment or reimbursement is arranged.

As a condition of receiving the award, you will need to submit a report about your training with some images. These may be used by us to encourage others to apply and also to demonstrate our work to current and potential donors. You can read our Report Guidelines and also our Privacy Policy. To see past reports, view our TRAINING page.

If you are unemployed or planning a career change, we can’t consider you for an award, but we can offer you some ideas and information to help you towards your first role.

Details about other sources of funding.

Information about careers in horticulture.

Free advice, support and financial assistance for those working in horticulture.


Tom Robinson attended a course in Rose Pruning in 2020 with the support of a £88 award, whilst Michael Edmundson achieved a Certificate in Chainsaw Maintenance in 2019 with the support of a £420 award and William Stranger achieved a Certificate in Telehandling in 2019 with the support of a £230 award

If you have any queries please contact Adrian Thorne, Awards Manager, Professional Gardeners’ Trust