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Congratulations to our Horticultural Trainees

September 4, 2013

Our four horticultural trainees, Kim Riley, Tim Viney, Isaac Robinson and Mairi Rattray all completed their one-year placement within the MacRobert Trust Gardens with flying colours. The Trust Administrator, Air Commodore Bob Joseph (pictured right), presented them with The MacRobert Trust Certificate on their graduation on 30th August and wished them continued success in their career progression as professional horticulturists. The Trust Head of Gardens, Stephen McCallum (pictured left), concurred with this and said he could not praise them enough.

During their placement, they  undertook training and assessment and they all leave with the RHS Certificate Level 2 in Practical Horticulture as well as certificates in pesticide application and chainsaw use and, of course, a year of work experience, guidance, craft skills development and knowledge accumulation.

Against some stiff competition, Kim and Isaac applied and secured further training placements at Dundee Botanic Gardens and the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) School of Gardening at Threave respectively. Tim has been offered a full-time position as a gardener at the NTS flagship gardens at Inverewe, whilst Mairi is taking a break to sail to the Mediterranean with her partner Richard and is contemplating a number of ideas.

Everyone at The Trust are very proud of these individuals and the fact that this organisation is playing an important role in ensuring that our national horticultural heritage has a secure future with professional horticulturists such as Kim, Tim, Isaac and Mairi.

Four new candidates have been selected from over 60 applications and will take their place in a few weeks’ time.


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