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In an interview for the Daily Telegraph on Monday 28 December 2015, Jools Holland compares the BBC to “museums, royal parks and public swimming baths.” I think that’s a compliment.

The Royal Parks Guild plays a positive role in the apprenticeship scheme by arranging master classes, giving awards to mark individual achievement and providing mentoring when requested.


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.

Apprentice and trainee Discovery Day

The World of Horticulture and its Opportunities, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, 22 November 2019

Below is a short video produced by apprentices on the day highlighting the topics covered and showing their appreciation of the day.

The past masterclasses and, in this case Discovery Day, have grown from small green shoots some 12 years ago to be a really important platform for those who are starting out in horticulture and, by word of mouth, for those who are just beginning to contemplate possibilities and opportunities.

The Discovery Day on 22 November 2019 was held in and around the Lady Lisa Sainsbury Lecture Theatre; 226 delegates attended, of whom 190 were apprentices and trainees. Richard Barley, Director of Horticulture, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, commented that the event appeared to be a great success and was fully worth while.

To view a report of the day 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.

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