Nursery Trainee

  • Company: Great Dixter
  • Location: Northiam, East Sussex
  • Salary: Minimum Wage
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The chosen trainee will spend a year working in the nursery at Great Dixter learning from the team of experienced and knowledgeable staff who work there. The nursery operates in a traditional way, using skills and techniques that are no longer seen in larger or more commercial operations. These include making loam based compost using soil extracted and sterilised from our turf heap to a John Innes recipe, and collecting seed and other propagation material from the garden. The nursery is low-tech with little heated propagation space available, so bringing on and managing seedlings in cold frames is also key. The plants produced in this way have strong root stocks and suffer less from transplant shock when they are finally planted out into a garden.

The aim of the traineeship is to ensure that these old fashioned but effective methods are passed on to the next generation of nursery workers. The training will essentially be a practical one although anyone joining without a Level 2 in horticulture will receive time off and funding to gain an RHS qualification during their time with us.

We are looking for someone who sees their future as working in a nursery, and would like to gain the skills necessary to do this. Some experience and training is helpful, although not essential. A willingness to learn and make the most of the experience is!

The trainee will be eligible for subsidised accommodation on site if this is required. 

To apply please send a CV and covering letter to 

The deadline for applications is the 1st April and interviews will take place on the 8th April at Great Dixter. 

The Finnis Scott Foundation have been incredibly generous to Great Dixter in funding this traineeship for a second year running.

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