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Members of The Royal Parks Guild offer their time and expertise to The Royal Parks, associated organisations and apprentices.

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HRH Prince Edward presents a Royal Parks Guild award to a Royal parks apprentice at The Worshipful Company of Gardeners Autumn Court Dinner

The Royal Parks apprenticeship is one of the most prestigious schemes in the country for those wishing to gain a vocational qualification in horticulture. It is a 2 to 3 year scheme run jointly by The Royal Parks and Capel Manor College in partnership with the landscape maintenance contractors who employ the apprentices. It is supported throughout this term by The Royal Parks Guild.

At the instigation of The Royal Parks Guild two apprentices helped David Attenborough with conservation work at Richmond Park

Apprentices being introduced by The Royal Parks Guild to the Queen at her Diamond Jubilee event in Richmond Park

It is a “hands on” course involving both college based study and practical learning within the parks. The apprentices are able to undertake work on the Diploma in Work Based Horticulture (Levels 2 or 3) and the Royal Horticultural Society’s Level 2 Certificate in Horticulture. Further qualifications are possible within the scheme. Click or tap here to find out more details on the The Royal Parks' apprenticeship scheme.

The Royal Parks Guild plays a positive role in the apprenticeship scheme by arranging master classes, giving awards to mark individual achievement and providing mentoring when requested.

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Being a horticultural student

To learn more about being a first year horticultural apprentice in The Royal Parks watch Cecily explain her working experience in Hyde Park.

To view the video of Cecily talking about her apprenticeship click here.

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Isle of Wight
PO33 2ET

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