Professional Gardeners’ Trust Grant

Professional Gardners' Trust

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Working Professional

Funding uses: Conference

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Ireland, United Kingdom

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The Professional Gardeners’ Trust 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 helps fund gardeners study for horticultural courses and modules eg  RHS courses.  It can also help with training in other areas like Social and Therapeutic horticulture, specialist certificates, management skills.
  • It helps gardeners gain certificates in practical horticulture and use of horticultural equipment.
  • It is able to support gardeners to gain experience through work placements in other gardens.

The training or experience must have been applied for and agreed subject to the applicant finding funding. The application should be made at least six weeks before the training starts.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Awards are available for all working gardeners: there is no age discrimination, nor restriction by qualification or membership to a particular organization
  • The applicant should be a working gardener: it should be clear that gardening is their job and main source of income.
  • The applicant could not undertake the training or experience without financial support.
  • The purpose is for the applicant to gain a qualification or experience to enhance their career as a professional gardener.
  • The applicant should have demonstrated a clear commitment to horticulture.
  • The training or experience applied for should be appropriate to the current stage of the applicant’s career.
  • The application includes an element of personal contribution from the applicant either in time or travel costs or payment of other expenses
  • The applicant should be resident in the UK or Ireland and plan to work there.
    • If exceptionally the training is not available in the UK or Ireland, it may be done abroad.
  • The applicant should have applied for assistance from their employer.


  • The qualification or skill to be gained should not be an essential requirement of the applicant’s current job: in this case, the trustees would expect the employer to cover all the cost.