Supporting and training gardeners

The National Garden Scheme raises money from opening exceptional private gardens, many of which are looked after by professional gardeners. We recognise that it is often hard for people to get started in a gardening career that’s why we fund a variety of training and apprentice schemes. In 2023 we supported the following:

English Heritage £125,000
Perennial £100,000
National Botanic Garden of Wales £26,000
Professional Gardeners’ Trust £20,000
The Garden Museum £10,000

Case Studies

Perennial’s Health and Wellbeing platform aims to support those working in horticulture

Perennial’s free Health and Wellbeing platform and app aims to provide further advice and support for mental health, fitness and nutrition

Lesley's story: Looking to a hopeful future

Read more about how our support of Perennial is helping people in horticulture find their feet again after times of crisis

All’s well that ends well for latest WRAGS trainee, Lorna Hobart

Find out more about Lorna’s placement – funded by the National Garden Scheme and WFGA – with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

National Botanic Garden of Wales Apprenticeship

Read Elinor’s story of learning through lockdown

John’s Story – “it’s heaven to be warm again”

Find out how our support of Perennial is helping others


Read about Lizzie Bourke’s 2020 placement through WRAGS at West Horsley Place

Professional Gardeners' Trust

Find out how we’re helping Britta complete her horticultural studies.

The Garden Museum

Read about 2019 trainee Elena Donovan’s experience at The Garden Museum

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Our donations in 2023

Donor 1
Donor 2 £450,000
Donor 3 £450,000
Donor 4 £450,000
Donor 5 £425,000
Donor 6 £350,000
Donor 7 £350,000
Donor 8
Donor 9 £100,000
Donor 10 £90,000
Donor 11 £80,000
Donor 12 £281,000
Donor 13 £260,000