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Funding for training

The Professional Gardeners' Trust (PGT) was established in 2004 to fund training and study for working gardeners in the UK and Ireland.

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 working gardener. 
  • The Finnis Scott Award - support work placements in other Gardens.
  • The Royal Botanical and Horticultural Society of Manchester and the Northern Counties Award - for gardeners working in the north of England.
  • 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 age.
  • 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 horticulture.

 The PGT awards are available for all working gardeners: there is no age discrimination, nor restriction by qualification or membership to a particular organization.


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To find out more or to apply for funding please visit The Professional Gardeners' Trust website (external link)