National Trust garden training review


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Kate Nicoll, National Trust Garden Training Specialist

Kate retrained as a gardener 15 years ago after a career as a producer in BBC Radio. She has spent the last 7 years working for the National Trust restoring the 2 acre Walled Garden at Attingham Park. Her own struggle to find appropriate training both outside and inside the Trust led her to take on this new role of Garden Training Specialist. Now one year into this position she has just launched the Trust’s “Heritage Gardening Programme”, a comprehensive training scheme which hopes to address the skills shortage in the organisation. It combines entry level training in the form of the Heritage Skills Passports and the HBGTP scheme with a broad range of one day CPD courses for staff at all levels. These come under three broad headings: Garden History and Management, Plant Conservation, and Practical Skills. A pilot scheme of Trailblazer Apprenticeships is planned for September 2017.