Training

You can receive training, education and career support from the National Trust for Scotland, and learn from some of our most respected and experienced gardeners.

The School of Heritage Gardening

The Trust’s School of Heritage Gardening has been training generations of gardeners since 1961. Students learn the art, craft and science of horticulture – from pruning, grafting and glasshouse cultivation, to plant identification and the use of gardening machinery and tools.

At Threave Garden, in Dumfries & Galloway, our trainees learn how to be professional gardeners and can acquire nationally recognised qualifications in the process. They learn how to manage different types of gardens, ranging in style and using varied plant content.

Many of our gardens welcome volunteers, who enjoy learning from our professional horticulturists; some even go on to become fully fledged gardeners themselves!

For more information on our courses, you can download an information pack or contact us using our contact form.

GROW careers initiative

The National Trust for Scotland supports GROW – an online resource that offers advice for anyone considering a career in horticulture. The website provides helpful information and guidance, whether you’re interested in garden design, plant science, tree surgery or groundskeeping. 

Visit the GROW website to learn more and get inspired.

Gardening vacancies

Trust gardeners have the privilege of working in some truly inspiring gardens and designed landscapes, filled with plants and history. We offer many incentives to our staff – a great salary, pension benefits, generous holidays – but working for the Trust is about so much more.

Our gardeners engage and inspire visitors, sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm. If you think you’d like to work as a gardener for the Trust, have a look to see if we have any vacancies. If you’ve got the right qualifications and experience for a role, we’d love to hear from you.