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On 13 January 2020 it was announced that an apple sapling that had been grown on from a seed taken into space by astronaut Tim Peake was to be given a new home in Bushy Park. Click HERE for the story.

Tours and events are being led and organised by the Brompton Cemetery Restoration Project team to show the suprising and fantastic history of the site and what the restoration project is set up to achieve. For more details of the tours andwhat is planned click here.


One of the main objectives of The Royal Parks Guild is to support educational and vocational training, in particular for The Royal Parks apprentices but also for the wider network of training schemes associated with the parks.

We are members of The Royal Parks Apprentice Board that meets regularly to discuss the running of the scheme.

To find out more about The Royal Parks Apprentice scheme click here.

The Future Gardeners Scheme

"The Future Gardeners Project was set up to assist individuals in obtaining new skills that could prepare them for paid employment. Our aim was to target those who, for whatever reason, had had fewer opportunities than others. Throughout the course students were mentored and given support to develop so that they could gain confidence in the workplace and could address the challenges of obtaining employment."

Paul Rochford Past Master, The Worshipful Company of Gardeners

The scheme aims to provide horticultural training to people who have been long-term unemployed or faced challenges in their lives and who would benefit from gaining confidence, skills and the opportunity of training and employment.

Developed by prominent organisations in the industry, including The Worshipful Company of Gardeners, Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST), The Royal Parks Guild, Walworth Garden Farm, Roots and Shoots and idverde, the course now works in partnership with numerous other organisations to ensure its success.

Participants are given the opportunity to gain the skills to be work ready and get an entry level job or go onto further training in the horticultural industry. Although the course is suited to a wide variety of people, it targets those with the most need, such as people not in education or training, the long term unemployed, those who cannot afford other horticultural courses on offer or people who have learning needs or disabilities.

To learn more about the scheme click or tap here.

The Royal Parks Guild are dedicated to helping parks’ apprentice schemes and those that join them. If you would like to help us then click here to see if you could become a member of the Guild.

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Postal address:
The Secretary
The Royal Parks Guild
14 Nelson Place
Isle of Wight
PO33 2ET

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