Funding for training
The Professional Gardeners' Trust (PGT) was established
in 2004 to fund training and study for working gardeners in the UK
The PGT provides gardeners with the opportunity to acquire
skills and gain qualifications through part-time courses and work
placements. This enhances their careers and benefits the
horticulture profession as a whole.
The Professional Gardeners' Trust select the most appropriate
award for the applicant. These include:
- The PGT General fund - for any form of training benefitting the
- The Finnis Scott Award - support work placements in other
- The Royal Botanical and Horticultural Society of Manchester and
the Northern Counties Award - for gardeners working in the north of
- The Worshipful Company of Gardeners - available for a wide
variety of training and work placements.
- The Ernest Cook Trust - for gardeners under 30 years of
- Kenwyn Pearson Award - for gardeners who are members of the
Professional Gardeners' Guild
Applicants must apply six weeks before the course starts,
or before the fees are payable, which ever is soonest.
Applicants should be a working gardener: it should be clear that
gardening is your job and main source of income. Awards are
not for full-time students nor those not yet employed in
The PGT awards are available for all working gardeners:
there is no age discrimination, nor restriction by qualification or
membership to a particular organization.
To find out more or to apply for
funding please visit The Professional Gardeners' Trust website