Jobs and career opportunities

workbootsRecently we've been asked by a number of current and former students if we can pass on information about jobs they are offering, because it's hard to recruit people with any horticultural knowledge and you are the people dedicating your time to RHS qualifications....

At BEST we are happy to do this - but you must make your own judgement about what is on offer: we don't have knowledge of any potential employer, we're just hoping to  offer a service by transmitting the information.

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Opportunity at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
by Janet Prescott - Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 10:11 PM

THe Gardens are recruiting  and Aron Clay, one of our distance learning students, has asked me to pass this on to you all.

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Graceful Gardens
by Janet Prescott - Sunday, 14 January 2018, 9:27 PM

Sunday Carrigan has been in touch with us to see if any more RHS students in the Wallingford area want to join her team of female gardeners, as she has a vacancy from the end of January.
"This  is an ideal opportunity for a rhs student to put the theory into practice and further their ...
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RHS full time training
by Janet Prescott - Saturday, 6 January 2018, 9:20 PM

One of our distance/ blended learning students, Caroline Brookes, has gone on from her studies with us to a placement at RHS Hyde Hall with the RHS's own training scheme, the School of Horticulture. 

You need some experience and a minimum RHS Level 2,  then you can apply to train for a level 3 ...

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Gardening opportunities in the Cotswolds and surrounding area
by Janet Prescott - Monday, 6 November 2017, 11:05 PM

HH logoThe head of HH Garden Services, Alan Holmes, came to Bampton last week to share his experiences as a WRAGS trainee while he was just getting started in horticulture.

Now his design and maintenance companies have so much work that he is looking for more people with horticultural skills to work on garden renovation and maintenance. The business covers Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Worcestershire and Wiltshire; if you'd like to find out more you can contact him on 07713 252907 or email

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Gardener at Anne Hathaway's Cottage
by Janet Prescott - Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 8:47 PM

Liberty Smith, one of our Level 3 Blended Learners, has pointed out this full-time vacancy with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust:

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Gardening in Oxfordshire
by Janet Prescott - Friday, 23 June 2017, 10:01 PM

One of our recent students, Jessica Barrett,  has put Salima McKnight  of Rivermead Gardening in touch with us.

She has a small gardening business with about 3-5 gardeners and 4 gardens to take care off, one being a country estate formal garden.

"I am looking for more gardeners to join our friendly team, this is a great opportunity for someone to learn and grow in the field. "

Rivermead Gardening, Rivermead, 4 Back Lane, Aston, Oxfordshire, OX18 2DQ

Tel 07554 606569   Email:

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London and Richmond - floristry?
by Janet Prescott - Monday, 15 May 2017, 8:32 PM

I don't know how many of you are also florists, but one of our former students works for Petersham Nurseries in Richmond and tells me there may be a  horticultural vacancy at the Richmond site soon - but they are also launching a Central London branch which is looking for trained florists.

I've attached the details of the floristry jobs - if you would like to know more about the potential nursery vacancy, please  contact

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National Trust vacancies at Hidcote
by Janet Prescott - Monday, 1 May 2017, 1:46 PM

Liberty Smith, one of our Level 3 Blended learners,  has suggested that some of you may be interested in two National Trust gardening vacancies at Hidcote in Gloucestershire.

All applications have to be made online - information is at

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by Janet Prescott - Monday, 24 April 2017, 11:54 PM

GRACEFUL GARDENS DESIGN, based in Wallingford is looking for seasonal gardeners to help with all aspects of garden maintenance. Must be able to drive, enjoy working outdoors, part of a team, be punctual and trustworthy.
Wallingford and surrounding villages covered. Start ASAP.
Please contact Sunday Carrigan on 07814691040 or email

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by Janet Prescott - Sunday, 9 April 2017, 9:20 AM

Johnson Gardening Services Ltd are looking to recruit more gardeners to their team in Swindon. If you’re interested, please forward your CV with covering letter to Further information can be found on their website