Jobs and career opportunities
Recently 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.
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 ...
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 Annabel@vnicoll.net '
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:
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 ...Read the rest of this topic
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
'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...Read the rest of this topic
Liz Harrison-Hall tells us there is another WRAGS training placement newly available near Southam,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
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 email@example.com for further details."
THe Gardens are recruiting and Aron Clay, one of our distance learning students, has asked me to pass this on to you all.
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 ...Read the rest of this topic
Liberty Smith, one of our Level 3 Blended Learners, has pointed out this full-time vacancy with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
Wallingford and surrounding villages covered. Start ASAP.
Please contact Sunday Carrigan on 07814691040 or email email@example.com