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Grow your professional gardening skills with the Trust
Conservation charity the National Trust for Scotland is offering budding horticulturalists the chance to qualify with a brand new diploma in heritage gardening.
The qualification builds on the well-established one year certificate course which has been offered by the charity for some time. Based at Threave Garden in Dumfries and Galloway, the one year course already provides trainee gardeners with the chance to combine academic studies with vital hands-on experience and training in some of Scotland’s finest heritage gardens and designed landscapes.

In year two of the qualification, participants will have the chance to learn practical horticulture to an advanced level from one of a number of gardens including Kellie Castle, Falkland Palace and Hill of Tarvit in Fife and Pitmedden Garden in Aberdeenshire.

Sinclair Williamson, gardens advisor for the Trust’s School of Heritage Gardening said:

“This year the school is excited to announce that we are launching a new two-year diploma course in heritage gardening. Building on the excellent practical training on the one-year Threave Certificate course, we are offering a second year to students who wish to develop skills further in a heritage garden setting such as Kellie, Falkland Palace, Hill of Tarvit or Pitmedden.

“The second year continues the focus on building practical heritage gardening skills, whilst adding essential garden management skills, such as understanding garden history to inform conservation management decisions, budget management and staff supervisory and interview skills. This course will help our student become more employable in the industry, and gives them the opportunity to train at a different garden.

“Alongside this new course, the Trust will continue to offer the popular Certificate Course which has successfully launched many eminent careers in horticulture across the UK and overseas. Applicants to either course can apply for bursary support. ”

Places are limited. Applications close on 22 April 2012. For more information contact