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In an interview for the Daily Telegraph on Monday 28 December 2015, Jools Holland compares the BBC to “museums, royal parks and public swimming baths.” I think that’s a compliment.

At The Royal Parks Guild we believe that social events are an important means of bringing our membership together who at some time in their life have been associated with The Royal Parks.

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.

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Apprentice Forum

If you are a garden apprentice and would like to share your experiences or generally communicate with other apprentices follow The Royal Parks Apprentice Community page by clicking here.


“The Royal Parks”, not many apprentices are able to say they have had the opportunity to achieve work experience and horticultural qualifications from such a prestigious location.

Many of the apprentices who finish the course go on to establish careers in the public and private sectors, some internationally, in a wide range of landscape based industries including:

Some use The Royal Parks Apprenticeship as a firm stepping stone to achieve further learning opportunities at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and the Royal Horticultural Society’s Garden at Wisley. Others choose to attend college and university based courses to gain professional qualifications.

Following the gaining of appropriate experience and qualifications, opportunities exist to join professional groups, such as the Institute of Horticulture, Arboricultural Association, the Landscape Institute or the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. In many instances membership of professional institutions are advantageous or a requirement in enhancing career prospects with employers.

The Royal Parks Guild are dedicated to helping parks’ apprentice schemes and those that join them. If you would like to help us then click here to see if you could become a member of the Guild.

We value your comments and feedback. Please use the links below:

Postal address:
The Secretary
The Royal Parks Guild
14 Nelson Place
Isle of Wight
PO33 2ET

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