Horticultural Apprentice

Vacancy Description

A fantastic opportunity for a ‘Horticultural Apprentice’ is currently available on a large country estate between Craven Arms and Ludlow. The apprentice will work alongside the Head Gardener in the 13 acre formal garden which currently includes a walled kitchen garden, glasshouses, rose garden, parterre, maze and mixed borders.

This apprenticeship has a parks and gardens horticultural focus. It is flexible in the terms of the vast array of opportunities to learn that the 13 acre garden, glasshouse and experienced mentors provide.

This apprenticeship will provide the learner with a first class introduction to horticulture and the opportunity of discover and develop the core skills required to advance their own unique strengths.

Examples of how every day will be different and varied are listed below:

  • Maintenance of flower beds
  • Landscaping
  • Turf maintenance
  • Vegetable production
  • Involvement in the construction of a new sunken garden and other garden developments.

The successful candidate will be enrolled on a Level 2 Diploma in Work Based Horticulture. Working with the Head Gardener as a mentor, North Shropshire college as training provider and supported by a dedicated Horticultural Assessor.

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Employer's Details

Mrs E Lywood, Heath House




40 hours (British summer time), 35 hours (winter hours)

Future Prospects

Depending on the learning units chosen by the apprentice this is an opportunity that will open many doors in terms of a future career in horticulture or estate management.

Skills & Personal Attributes Required

This opportunity requires a hardworking enthusiastic individual with a mature and sensible approach to working and learning. The candidate should be organised and reliable with the ability to work on their own initiative. A certain standard of conduct is expected on the estate in terms of representation and confidentiality.

An existing interest in Horticulture would be an advantage but is not essential.

Qualifications Required

A grade C or above in Maths and English at GCSE would be a distinct advantage.

Additional Details & Important Information

A Driving Licence would be advantageous but is not essential. However a reliable means of transport to and from the gardens would be required if the candidate did not have a licence

Closing Date

25th October 2017

Start Date


Employer Description

Heath House employs a total of 8 employees. On the Shropshire/ Wales border, the 13 acre garden has 3 full time gardeners, 1 part time, and summer seasonal staff.

Employer's Address

Heath House The Heath Clungunford Shropshire SY7 0QB

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