Useful Links

Below are details of organisations who provide excellent services, access to information and opportunities to develop your skills in horticulture.

Take a look at our categories to find out more.

Information and Learning

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    Roots and Shoots

    A charity providing vocational training for young people from the inner city, mainly from the London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark. They aim to give young people the skills and self-confidence to equip them for work. (Visit Website)

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    Horticulture Week

    Horticulture Week gives the latest news, jobs and technical advice for nurseries, edibles production, garden retailing, landscaping, parks and gardens (Visit Website)

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    Professional Gardeners Guild

    Information, learning and traineeships for professional gardeners employed in private gardens and estates. (Visit Website)

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    Institute of Horticulture

    Established in 1984, aiming to foster a close relationship between all sectors of professional horticulture (advisory and research, amenity, commercial and education and training) throughout the UK and Ireland. (Visit Website)

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    Historic and Botanic Gardens Bursary Scheme

    This scheme, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, provides practical training for gardeners in UK historic gardens. (Visit Website)

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    Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

    London’s botanic garden runs both the Kew Diploma and Apprenticeships. Throughout the year horticultural lectures are held every Monday – the Kew Mutual lectures (Visit Website)

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    Garden Museum

    Regular talks and lectures are held at the Garden Museum in Lambeth. The Garden Museum is housed in the medieval and Victorian church of St Mary’s. Five members of the Tradescant family are buried here. (Visit Website)

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    Fulham Palace

    Regular lectures are held at the Fulham Palace, the historic house and garden of the Bishop of London since 704. (Visit Website)

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    Capel Manor College

    Specialist centre for education, providing courses in horticulture, landscaping, arboriculture and garden design. (Visit Website)

Places to Visit

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    Chiswick House and Gardens

    A magnificent neo-Palladian villa set in beautiful historic gardens in West London. (Visit Website)

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    Chelsea Physic Garden

    Founded in 1673 by the Society of Apothecaries, Chelsea Physic Garden is one of Europe’s oldest botanic gardens, dedicated to demonstrating the medicinal, economic, cultural and environmental importance of plants to the survival and well-being of humankind. (Visit Website)

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    Royal College of Physicians

    The Garden of Medicinal Plants at the Royal College of Physicians is unique in that almost every one of the over 1000 species of plants grown here has a link to medicine. (Visit Website)

Charity / Volunteering / Community

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    Perennial

    Perennial is the national charity for those who work or have worked in horticulture and their spouses/partners when they face adversity or need. (Visit Website)

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    The Conservation Volunteers

    The Conservation Volunteers help hundreds of thousands of people each year to reclaim local green places. (Visit Website)

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    Capital Growth

    London’s food growing network, a campaign run by London Food Link, supporting people to grow food in London whether at home, on allotments or as part of a community group. (Visit Website)

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    London in Bloom

    A campaign and competition where Boroughs, communities, residents, businesses can work together to improve the environment of London. (Visit Website)

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    Metropolitan Public Gardens Association

    A charity offering modest grants for the preservation and improvement of public gardens and neglected areas across London. (Visit Website)

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    Plant Heritage

    The National Council for the Conservation of Plants & Gardens; helping to keep rare plants growing and ensuring the diversity of cultivated plants remains available. (Visit Website)

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    PlantNetwork

    The Plant Collections Network of Britain and Ireland, promoting the use, for public benefit, of plant collections for horticultural, scientific, educational and conservation purposes. (Visit Website)