Horticulture Placements – Park House Barns
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Training and placements working outdoors offering hands-on experiences at our five acre horticulture site adjacent to the Chocolate Studio.

In Gilling Gardens we provide our trainees with horticulture training and the option to work towards a qualification. Placements at Gilling Gardens include:


 The safe use of tools

Propagation, growing and harvesting 

Preparing produce for sale


Bee keeping

Grounds maintenance


Meet Oliver!

Oliver graduated with a degree in creative writing and performance acting from York College.

After difficulty finding paid work, his mum suggested he volunteered at Park House Barns. ‘I met Richard the horticulturist when I started in September 2015, he soon took me under his wing, and I began to enjoy the place and growth and mostly being outdoors in the field.’ Within the same year, Richard asked If Oliver would like the job as Assistant Horticulturalist, an opportunity that Oliver could not turn down! ‘I was amazed and ecstatic at the idea.’

Oliver has been the Horticulture Assistant at Park House Barns since 2016, which was his first job. Since then, he’s continued to develop his skills which include the various crop sowing methods, identifying, and removing weeds, mowing, and edging the individual plots and understanding pest control. He’s also increased his flower and vegetable vocabulary and learnt how to prepare crops for sale.

Through increasing his skills, experience and confidence, Oliver is enjoying his promotion as the Horticulture Lead in charge of the five-acre field. ‘I enjoy watching the crops in the field grow, and the sense of achievement when all the products sown to start the grow, which are the fruits of our labour.’


Get in touch!

If you are interested in enquiring about a placement at Gilling Gardens, please get in touch using the contact information here.