Green-fingered apprentices wanted to tend to Brighton’s Royal Pavilion gardens

A new apprenticeship has been launched in Brighton and Hove which would see green-fingered history fans working in a world-famous organic garden.

Tuesday, 10th December 2019, 4:49 pm
Apprentices are wanted to look after the Royal Pavilion gardens in Brighton

Brighton’s Royal Pavilion is looking for people to learn how to manage the unique Regency Garden as part of a new trainee scheme.

Apprentices will gain knowledge of general management at the Royal Pavilion Garden and carry out routine horticultural tasks.

Successful candidates will learn about common pests and diseases and how to treat them as well as operating machinery and health and safety.

Although the role is primarily to maintain the gardens, there are aspects of public engagement and customer service as well as the opportunity to carry out presentations and tours.

Funding for the apprenticeship has been provided by The Finnis Scott Foundation, a funding body with a focus on horticulture and plant sciences, fine art, and art history.

Plumpton College will provide training for the new apprentices who will study towards the Horticulture and Landscape Operative Level 2 standard

The Royal Pavilion Garden is one of a handful of fully restored regency gardens in the country following a 1984 restoration which closely adhered to designer John Nash’s original 1820 plans.

In 1850 the people of Brighton purchased the estate from Queen Victoria, opening the garden to the public.

Today the Regency Garden comprises more than three hectares of paths, lawns, shrubberies, garden beds, ancient trees, and a café.

For more information and a person specification visit the Brighton and Hove City council job site here.

Applications for the role will close on December 16 2019.