Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, a global leader in plant conservation, protects the diversity of the Earth’s ecosystems.



As the global leader in plant conservation, Royal Botanic Gardens work across sites at Kew, Wakehurst and around the world with global partners to safeguard the diversity of the Earth’s ecosystems by understanding and protecting plant life. They want a world where plants and fungi are understood, valued, and conserved – because all our lives and livelihoods depend on them.

Supported by the Buffini Chao Foundation, the Kew Glasshouse Apprenticeship teaches the highest standards of professional craft horticultural skills through structured training in amenity and botanical glasshouse horticulture, underpinned by knowledge from college study.

The Apprenticeship provides participants with employment, allowing them to gain practical experience and an understanding of the glasshouse horticultural operations at Kew.

“Support from the Buffini Chao Foundation has been invaluable in allowing us to employ and train apprentices in the management and maintenance of our living plant collections in our display glasshouses. We’re proud to educate the horticultural experts of the future.” – Tim Hughes, Head of the School of Horticulture, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew