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Apprentice Gardener

English Heritage
Belsay Hall & Castle, Belsay, Ponteland, Northumberland, NE20 0DX
£16,323 per annum / 36 hours per week / (All salaries are reviewed on 1st April each year)
Closing date
9 Feb 2021
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Are you looking to start or further your career in Horticulture?

Belsay Hall has an exceptional plantsman's garden, with a range of surviving garden layouts dating back to the high 'Picturesque period' of the nineteenth century. Bold Italian geometry and formalism contrasts with the exotic naturalism of the Quarry Gardens and the Rhododendron Garden. The on-going maintenance and development of the features within the iconic terraces, woodland gardens and Quarry gardens that make up the setting of Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens is a key part of this exciting role.

This post is an important part of the project to bring the house and parkland back to life. It is an exciting opportunity to lead the way in restoring the internationally significant gardens.

You will be with us for 24 months where you will receive full support to work towards your apprenticeship, as well as gaining invaluable horticultural experience.

The aim of the 2 year placement is to provide practical work experience through a broad range of activities within an historic garden. The purpose is for you to develop your practical skills and increase your horticultural knowledge.

The selection process will take into account your:

  • Previous practical experience
  • Interest and commitment to work in the sector
  • Ability that a placement could develop or enhance
  • Self-motivation and ambition

Interviews will take place over Zoom. The apprenticeship is a salaried position.

We strive to be an inclusive employer and are always looking for people who reflect the diversity of the country today, to help us make it more relevant to the diversity of the people, communities and places we serve. We continually look for new ways to promote the past in a way that is inclusive to all and that celebrates the cultural diversity of England's heritage.

From remote sites to inner city monuments, from regional teams to our Head Office, the diversity of our teams is critical to making sure our shared heritage is inclusive, exciting and accessible.

You'll find it's a workplace like no other - taking you behind the scenes of these extraordinary sites and supporting you to share your ideas, inspire others and make a difference.

By joining us, you'll enjoy the rewards of a great team environment in inspiring locations, helping to make our site a wonderful place to visit. You'll also be joining our charity, which through our 400+ historic monuments, buildings and sites, brings the story of England to life for over 10 million visitors each year. We offer a competitive benefits package including a generous pension, 25 days leave a year and free entry to all English Heritage properties for you, another adult and up to 6 children (under the age of 19).


Joining us means working somewhere a little different. A career with us as part of our Gardens Team could see you conserve and restore some of the most significant gardens in England, and enable our visitors to enjoy the great cultural heritage of our gardens.

We have dedicated garden teams who maintain and bring to life 11 key gardens across England.  Our gardens illustrate the depth of horticultural history from across the centuries, from the Elizabethan garden at Kenilworth Castle through to the 1930’s gardens at Eltham Place, and vary in size from Down House, the home of Charles Darwin and his garden of international significance, to the magnificent Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s palatial holiday home on the Isle of Wight. 

Career paths

A passion for gardens and people is essential as our gardens provide the focal point of many of our visitors seeking to understand both the history as well as our future plans. You could join us within a number of different roles from Trainee or Gardener through to a Head Gardener or Gardens Advisor. Each site will offer a unique starting point from where you can shape a career that aligns with your horticultural skills and personal interests. 

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