In Pursuit of Paradise: Tourism & Public Gardens

This study evaluates the demographics of the garden visiting public in Great Britain (GB) in 2018, assessing the reasons for visiting, activities pursued during visits and facilities sought on visits.

Bedfordshire Head Gardeners Network

The Bedfordshire Head Gardeners Network is a Bedfordshire Gardens Trust initiative bringing together gardeners across the county on a regular basis to offer a collaborative approach to caring for Bedfordshire’s green spaces.

Peat or peat-free?

The debate about the use of peat in horticulture seems to have been going for a long time.


By Ros Burnley, PlantNetwork Board Member & Adrow Ltd. It is National Apprenticeship Week (4th-8th March 2019) and a good time to celebrate that the horticulture industry has been working since 2014 to take advantage of apprenticeship reforms in England that put employers in control of apprenticeship content.  Horticulture was […]

Good enough to eat

In 2016, when RHS Garden Hyde Hall’s new Global Growth Vegetable Garden was first planted, horticulturist Matthew Oliver selected British Sugar TOPSOIL’s HortLoam planting topsoil as the base planting medium for the scheme. The range of vegetables from around the world that were to be grown in the Xa Tollemache […]

Creating a winter garden with a difference

By Tom Freeman – Team Leader of The Winter Garden, Clover Hill, Courtyard gardens, Birch Grove & Entrance and Sky Meadow at RHS Garden Hyde Hall. At RHS Garden Hyde Hall, we have strived for originality with our new Winter Garden by challenging what people have come to typically expect […]

Developing a strategy for Box Tree Caterpillar moth control

The spread of Box Tree Caterpillar moth (Cydalima perspectalis) in the UK appears to be very rapid with new reports of its further spread coming in all the time. This combined with Box blight is giving poor Buxus plants a hard time! With calls for it even to be replaced in […]

Historic and Botanic Garden Trainee Programme

The Historic and Botanic Garden Trainee Programme provides practical and theoretical training in the skills needed to work in a historic or botanic garden. The programme provides specialist training through written projects, plant idents, a daily journal, tools training and work experience as part of the garden team.

Applications: 1st March – 1st April 2019