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Opportunity to study at Aberglasney with the expert gardening team

Do you have a passion for horticulture and are you interested in pursuing a rewarding, personal development opportunity?


Applications are now open for the 2024/25 Aberglasney
Student 12-month
Bursary scheme.

The Bursary is a funded training opportunity at Aberglasney’s historic and diverse gardens.

Chosen students will spend the year gaining hands-on experience and being trained on all common UK garden tasks.

Aberglasney’s Director of Operations Jim Stribling said,

“Our training covers a wide range of subjects, focusing on core horticultural practices including pruning techniques, plant
husbandry, tur
f care and propagation whilst also giving a comprehensive insight into kitchen garden management, woodland garden maintenance and elements of both hard and soft landscaping.

“Since our gardens are ever evolving, we are often able to provide students with unique and valuable opportunities to participate in significant landscape projects. Recent examples include our re-development of the Upper Walled Garden as well as the Kitchen Garden,
where students were instrumental in their design and care.”

Students will work closely with our gardens team and have regular contact with our expert Head Gardener. A safe and supportive learning environment will be provided whilst allowing them to learn first-hand from experienced professionals. International applicants are very welcome at Aberglasney and we’re pleased to provide safe on-site accommodation for our students. 

Amongst this year’s students is Beth Large. Beth first became interested in plants on an inspiring trip to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and decided there and then to try and pursue a career in horticulture. Having spent some time working in a garden centre and
completing the RHS Level 2 courses, her aim was to gain more practical experience as a gardener by working with a skilled and knowledgeable team.

Beth said, “When I heard about the Aberglasney Bursary Scheme I couldn’t wait to apply and being offered the place felt like a dream come true! As well as working in the garden, we also complete assignments and do weekly plant identifications to help us vastly improve our knowledge through regular practice. It really has been the perfect next step for me. One of the best things about working at Aberglasney is being able to contribute to the future of a garden that many people visit and enjoy. Whether it's bulb planting, renovation, pruning or the planting up of exciting new schemes, it feels wonderful to invest time and effort in this beautiful garden. Being here has helped me tackle horticultural tasks with more confidence and I’d recommend the bursary to anyone looking to improve their knowledge and skills.”

For more information on how to apply for the student bursary please visit the Learning & Training section of the website.

There are also testimonials from former students:

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