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“We are well on the way to realising our objective of gardening and horticulture being a career path for young people who might not have thought of it, had the opportunity to consider it, or are facing challenges within their lives.”

Bernard Williams, Master, The Worshipful Company of Gardeners

Future Gardeners

Launched in 2016, Future Gardeners is an innovative training and work experience scheme, giving participants the core skills to gain entry level jobs in the horticulture industry without having any previous experience or specialist education.

Bankside Open Spaces Trust has teamed up with The Worshipful Company of Gardeners and the Royal Parks Guild, to deliver the programme set to run for five years. We’d also like to thank the following partners, your support makes our course possible:

Birrane Foundation, Chelsea Physic Garden, Chiswick House and Gardens, City of London, Fresh Horticultural Careers, Great Portland Estates, Grosvenor Estates, HL Services, Hyde Park Nursery, idverde, Jo Thompson Garden Design, Kew Gardens, Love London Working, National Trust, RHS, Roots and Shoots, Southwark Construction Skills Centre, St. John’s Churchyard, TFL, The Gardener’s Guild, The Landscape Show, The Westway Trust, Urban Growth, Walworth Garden, Wandsworth Prison

Open to all who want to try out a career in gardening, Future Gardeners is an educational scheme doesn’t  require entrants to have minimum educational qualifications.

As well as pre-apprenticeship training and a City & Guilds qualification, the budding horticulturists will have their career options enhanced by being introduced to key employers in the sector, including some at London’s finest parks and gardens.

76% of Future Gardeners who completed the course are now working in the horticultural industry. Find out more about the course’s impact by reading our Future Gardeners reports:

Download the First Year Report here

Download the Second Year Report here

To apply for a place on Future Gardeners, see below.

More about the course and how to apply

The Future Gardeners course runs three times a year starting in January, May and September. The course is completely free and runs for 10 weeks part-time. Eight weeks are two full days a week (Wednesdays and Thursdays) and two weeks are full time (Monday to Friday) work experience. Sessions are based at Red Cross Garden (near London Bridge) and Walworth Garden (near Kennington). The course includes visits and work days to other locations across London.

Applications are now closed for the September 2019 course but to register your interest for January – please use the form right. If you are unable to fill out the form online please email or call 020 7403 3393 to apply.

If you are suitable for the course the next stage in the application process is to come to a taster session, where you will hear more about Future Gardeners and have a chance to try a short practical gardening session.

Please note: The demand is currently very high for this programme so if you don’t hear back, your application has been unsuccessful. However, if you are still interested in the course please come and volunteer with us – click here to find out about volunteering.

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