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Great Dixter Nursery Apprenticeship

The Great Dixter Nursery Apprenticeship is now open to applicants. Christopher Lloyd established the garden at Great Dixter as a place where young and old gardeners would meet and share their excitement for plants. His writing in both books and the press stimulated gardeners from all around the world. Catherine Haydock, the education officer at Great Dixter writes about what’s involved.

Students come to Dixter to learn practical skills and develop a deeper understanding of the craft of traditional flower gardening. Fergus Garrett, Christopher’s friend and head gardener, continues his legacy, both in the borders at Great Dixter and through his work with students.

We have a fantastic new opportunity for an apprentice to learn the horticultural trade in our small but busy specialist nursery.

The apprenticeship will provide training in all aspects of nursery work and the apprentice will finish with all of the skills needed to work in a specialist nursery. Skills include: understanding soil and growing media, propagation, collecting and storing seed, potting on plants and plant sales.

The apprentice will attend college at Plumpton one day per week to gain a Level 2 qualification in Production Horticulture.

No skills are required but the successful candidate will have an interest in working with plants, and ideally some knowledge of plants and propagation. This role includes working outside in all weathers in a physical job. The successful candidate will have a mature attitude to work and a keenness to learn. They will be expected to have a friendly and helpful manner with visitors and customers and be able to work well as part of a team.

rachael-plant-idThe apprentice will work 39 hours per week and receive £3.40 per hour rising to minimum/ living wage after the first year. In addition, Great Dixter will assist with travel costs to and from college. The apprenticeship lasts 20 months.

The closing date is 5 December 2016. Interviews to be held the week of 12 December. The role will start in January 2017.

To apply, please email with a CV and letter explaining why you would like to train at Great Dixter. For more information about this apprenticeship, phone 01797 254048.

The apprenticeship is generously funded by the Finnis Scott Foundation.

Posted 17:16 Thursday, Nov 17, 2016 In: Home Ground

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