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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Market Harborough - Millie's Garden Design vacancy
by Janet Prescott - Friday, 17 August 2018, 10:24 PM

Kirstie Radcliffe has passed this opportunity on to us - she has a friend working for the company already.

  If you don't use Facebook, the website is

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Landscape and garden maintenance business
by Janet Prescott - Friday, 29 June 2018, 10:26 PM

We are very sad to hear from one of our ex-students Jon Cattell that he's having to give up his current successful horticultural business in Leicestershire because of an old injury which is getting progressively worse.
He is looking to sell the landscaping and maintenance business, in one form or ...

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Fosbury - near Hungerford
by Janet Prescott - Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 3:00 PM

Melanie Hawford, one of our students  at Bampton, is moving  into Hampshire and will have to give up working in this garden:   

'A lady has a really beautiful large house in the countryside with beautiful gardens and she's a pleasure to work for and needs a self-employed gardener two days a week! She already has a man to do very heavy work. She's in the process of developing another part of the garden with the designer Justin Spink so it's a really interesting place to gain experience. If you are interested please contact '

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Rugby - existing garden clients
by Janet Prescott - Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 2:49 PM

Carol Underwood, who studied RHS Practical with us at Ryton a couple of years ago, is in the process of moving back home to Ireland. Carol has been working part-time  as a gardener and has about 10 clients around the Rugby area; she'd like to help them to find a replacement when she leaves 'with proper gardening know how and experience' .
If you are interested could you contact Carol on to discuss introductions?

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Nursery work in the Warwick area
by Janet Prescott - Tuesday, 29 May 2018, 6:59 AM

Kim Daniel, who has been studying the Organic Certificate this year, is moving on from a part-time job at a nursery in Warwick and thought she would let other students know about the vacancy:

  two of us on Judith’s course have got part-time jobs this year, in a garden centre and a nursery, which were not advertised widely – the garden centre had notices on-site and the nursery has a general comment on the website:

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Rivermead Gardening - Bampton area
by Janet Prescott - Thursday, 17 May 2018, 10:41 PM




A gardener is required to work as part of a small professional and enthusiastic team.  We work to a very high standard in five very different gardens, all in the Bampton/Buckland area.  This is an opportunity for someone either with good ...

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Marlborough area - seasonal work
by Janet Prescott - Tuesday, 1 May 2018, 8:52 AM

One of our former Practical students, Martin Hay, works full time in the Marlborough/Oxfordshire area now as a professional gardener, and he is finding he's got a number of people coming back to him this year for  'seasonal' help in the Marlborough area which he can't fit in easily with his newer regular commitments.  If you are in that area and would be interested on taking over some occasional work, please contact Martin at

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Moreton-in-Marsh vacancy
by Janet Prescott - Monday, 16 April 2018, 10:59 PM

'We are looking for a new Assistant Gardener at a 4 acre private garden near  Moreton-in-Marsh. The role is currently around 18hrs a week in Summer and 12hrs in Winter, but could be quite flexible in terms of hours, days and tasks, to suit the right applicant.

The garden comprises mainly woodland...

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A WRAGS placement near Southam, Warks
by Janet Prescott - Monday, 2 April 2018, 5:10 PM

Liz Harrison-Hall tells us  there is another WRAGS training placement newly available near Southam, Warwickshire. 

Working 2 days per week for 12 months, under supervision of Head Gardener. Paid at NLW (£7.83 per hour).

Beautiful gardens and parkland extending to 14 acres, including herbaceous borders, wildflower meadow, walled kitchen garden and lake.

Please contact for further details.

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WRAGS placement in Gloucestershire
by Janet Prescott - Tuesday, 27 February 2018, 9:11 PM

Liz Harrison-Hall of the WFGA tells us that there is
"a WRAGS training placement available near Lechlade, Glos. to start in March. Working 2 days per week for 12 months, under supervision of Head Gardener and garden owner, paid at NLW (£7.83 per hour). Gardens include a herb garden, rose garden, sunken garden, box parterre, orchard, woodland and small lake with bog garden. Please contact for further details."

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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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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