When considering applying for an award remember to apply at least six weeks before the course begins!

On completing an RHS Level 2 course Dylan Collingham said “I’m a lot more confident to take on new clients and the Professional Gardeners’ Trust has done wonders for my horticultural career” and Jen Howarth said “I’m absolutely certain it will improve my chances of finding horticultural work in the future and I’m very grateful to PGT” 

On completing a Practical Ethnobotany and Plant Idenfication for Wild Food and Medicine course Rosie Tattersall said “I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in the natural environment and would like to send a big thank you to the Stanley Smith Trust and the Professional Gardeners’ Trust for enabling my attendance”.

You can apply for an award for:

  • Horticultural Qualifications – e.g. RHS Level 2, 3 and Masters which can be day release, evening courses or distance learning
  • Work Placement or exchange – a great opportunity to experience a different garden’s working environment and to develop or learn new skills by means of a secondment.  The Award can support accommodation costs, transport costs and possibley childcare costs.  Awards have been given for placements at Bristol Botanic Garden, Great Dixter, Chelsea Physic Garden, Tresco and Levens Hall.
  • Certificate for use of equipment – e.g. Safe application of pesticide certificates PA1 and PA6, Chainsaw, tractor driving and use of mini-digger.
  • Other training – awards have been given for courses in Garden Design, Garden History, Composting, Permaculture, Plant Identification, Managing as a Head Gardener and Foundation Certificate in Floristry.

Award Reports – use the links below to read reports from previous award recipients


Anu Baldwin – RHS 2            Kate Slade – RHS 2


Amanda Clay – RHS 3           Joshua Irvine – PA1 and PA6


Kirstin Kelly – Chainsaw    Lucy Sutherland – Chainsaw

Beccy Middleton – Certificate in Leadership and Management

Bertie Smith – Herbology Certificate

Alice Riches – Flowering Plant Taxonomy & Systematic Botany

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