Topic Name Description
URL The British treescape, past, present and future

The British treescape, past, present and future
A seminar with Ted Green and friends, 30th Oct at Windsor Great Park 9.30-3.30

Interesting Articles, Talks, Seminars, News & Ideas URL Giant sequoias and potential threat

Giant sequoias were thought to be immune to insects, drought and wildfires. Then the unthinkable happened: trees started to die – and scientists began the search for answers

URL WFGA - interesting workshops and visits

In 1993 the Association, having identified a need for a training scheme for older students – as none existed elsewhere – established the ‘Women Returners to Amenity Gardening Scheme’. Designed to offer ‘returners’ who were considering a career in horticulture, training in practical gardening skills, within private and public gardens throughout the United Kingdom.

Since that first pilot scheme, WRAGS has enjoyed great success – and is now established as one of the leading training schemes, highly respected by the horticultural sector. In 2014 the name was changed to reflect the change in the type of applicants applying – Work and Retrain As a Gardener Scheme.

The scheme continues to grow in popularity and consequently we now have considerable trainee waiting lists in certain areas of the country.

File Horticulture Training Programmes - What next...

Plenty of ideas of the different traineeships available if you are looking for your next step

URL Kew - The Wardian Case - Not a simple glass box

You’d be forgiven for thinking the Wardian case was just a simple plant storage box.

But this wooden and glass container completely transformed the world of botany.

URL Digging techniques: what you should and shouldn't do

Digging techniques: what you should and shouldn't do

URL The Economic inpact of ornamental horticulture in the UK

The Economic inpact of ornamental horticulture in the UK

URL Amazing New Roof Garden and Skyscapes!

A new free to visit public roof garden located at 120 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 8AF opened in the City on Friday offering a promenaded walk with 360 views over the City. No need to pre-book just turn up.

URL Last month for DCF Scholarships

This year sees the launch of three new scholarships providing even more fantastic opportunities to students who have a passion for trees, sustainability or research.

URL Oxford plants 400

The 25th July 2021 marks 400 years of botanical research and teaching by the University of Oxford.

As a celebration and count-down to this anniversary, the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum, together with the Oxford University Herbaria and the Department of Plant Sciences, will highlight 400 plants of scientific and cultural significance. One plant will be profiled weekly, and illustrated with images from Oxford University's living and preserved collections.

URL Guidance: Prevent the introduction and spread of tree pests and diseases

Find out what you can do to prevent tree pests and diseases from getting established, or to prevent or slow their spread and the damage they do.

Great resources and e-learning

URL Plant and Disease Alert - Xylella fastidiosa

What is the threat?

Xylella fastidiosa is one of the most harmful bacterial plant diseases in the world. It can cause severe losses in a wide range of hosts and there would be a massive impact on the plant trade across all business sectors in the event of an outbreak in the UK.

An outbreak of this disease, where several different plants are infected, will trigger immediate stock destruction within 100 metres and a movement ban of host plants within a 5-kilometre radius for up to five years. This will dramatically and immediately affect most plant selling operations, as well as impacting on all businesses dealing in plants within the 5km zone. Gardens could also be affected.

URL David Colegrave Foundation Scholarships

David Colegrave Foundation offers several different scholarships

Apply now

URL Urban Tree Manual

This Urban Tree Manual provides advice on selecting and procuring the right tree 1 for the right place in urban areas. For the purposes of this manual urban areas are defined as places in and around where people live and work. The manual also highlights long term issues of the threats to existing trees from pests, disease and climate change, and describes the benefits to the environment and for well-being that urban trees can provide. 

URL Classification by consensus! Angiosperm Phylogeny Group IV

Classification by consensus!

File Garden Centre Association Trust

Studying Horticulture? Need financial support? We are here to help

URL I-Tree and its benefits

A free seminar with  Ian Rodger, Jan Willem De Groot, Rob Scholefield, Dale Mortimer and Richard Barnes, 7th Nov at Barcham Trees

URL RHS Grants and Bursaries

Funding Horticulture Projects abroad and in the United Kingdom

URL RHS & GCA Interchange Internship Fellowship Programme

RHS and GCA Interchange Fellowship

The Royal Horticultural Society/Garden Club of America Interchange Fellowship opportunity; a fully funded 12 month internship at Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, USA or first year of a post-graduate programme at an American university.


The RHS/GCA Interchange Fellowship (formerly known as the Martin McLaren Horticultural Scholarship) is a reciprocal exchange programme, sponsored jointly by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in the UK, and by The Garden Club of America (GCA) in the USA, in association with Longwood Gardens

URL RHS Urban Garden Show

Endless ideas for your green space in the city

URL Listen to presentations at Beth Chatto Symposium

Ecological Planting in the 21st Century - great listen!

URL Kew Mutual Improvement Society 2018/19 talks

A wide range of horticultural talks given by outside speakers and Kew Diploma students. Only £2.50, only one hour!

URL Miranda one of our ex Level 3 students - her inspiring story

Miranda was  a Level 3 Hort 2013, read her inspiring story

URL James Hitchmough plants a prairie at the Horniman Museum and Gardens
URL How flowering plants conquered the world BBC Science

Scientists think they have the answer to a puzzle that baffled even Charles Darwin: How flowers evolved and spread to become the dominant plants on Earth.

Read the article 

URL City & Guilds Bursaries available



City & Guilds  Bursary Programme helps people who are financially unable to study for one of our qualifications

We award approximately 100 bursaries every year for people who wish to study for a City & Guilds or ILM qualification in the United Kingdom, but lack the funds.

Bursaries are grants that cover costs arising as a result of taking one of our qualifications which can include:

  • Course and/or exam fees
  • Learning materials  
  • Travel
  • Childcare
  • Living expenses 


Qualification criteria

To qualify for a bursary, you will need to:

  • Be 16 years or over
  • Be currently studying, or wanting to study a City & Guilds or ILM qualification
  • Currently be a resident of and study in the UK
  • Demonstrate in your application that you are in genuine financial need

Please note that the next bursary round is intended to financially assist learners from 1 March 2018.

We do not make any retrospective payments for course fees and study materials incurred before 1 March 2018. This also includes self-funded payments or loans that you may have taken out with a college or bank.


How do I apply for a bursary?




The Autumn Bursary round will close at 5pm on Friday 10th November 2017


URL Botanic gardens 'best hope' for saving endangered plants

The world's botanic gardens contain about a third of all known plants and help protect 40% of endangered species, a study has found.

Scientists say that with one in five of the world's plants on the brink of extinction, botanic collections hold the key to saving rare plant life.

In the first detailed study of plants grown in botanical gardens, they recorded more than 100,000 species.

Efforts are needed to target some of our rarest plants, they say.

"This is the first time that we have carried out a global assessment to look at the wide range of plants grown, managed and conserved in botanic gardens," said Dr Paul Smith, Secretary General of the charity Botanic Gardens Conservation International.

URL Oak processionary moths (OPM) BE AWARE

Students be aware when working

An outbreak of toxic caterpillars that can cause asthma attacks, vomiting and skin rashes has descended on London, officials have warned.

Oak processionary moths (OPM

Read BBC website for latest information

More information on the following

URL Ride on mowers and mobile phones
File Know your Trees

Have a look at this lovely series of articles about tree identification.

Great images taken from Gardens illustrated magazine

URL Garden Photographer of the year

Dreamy photos

Information URL Information documents
Folder Membership and Professional Bodies