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Kew Specialist Certificate in Kitchen Garden Production

A one year, full time course to gain a specialist certificate in working in a kitchen garden cultivating a range of vegetables and fruit.

Course duration

One year (from September to September).


Students will work full-time within Kew’s Kitchen Garden.

Students will undertake a two week exchange with students from other horticultural establishments that have significant kitchen gardens. For example, NT Knightshayes, RHS Garden Wisely, Garden Organic’s – Audley End.


Students will attend appropriate Kew Diploma lectures linked to fruit and vegetable production.

A pest and disease project will be carried out, looking at a range of pests and diseases affecting fruit and vegetable plants.

Additional qualifications

  • FEPA PA1 & PA6aw
  • Manual handling course
  • Health & Safety training


Appilicants are expected as a minimum: 

  • To hold a Level 2 qualification in horticulture.
  • To have six months* of practical experience in a professional horticultural environment (*six months in total - not, for example, one day a week for six months).
  • To be computer literate, with the ability to produce word-processed coursework.

A good working knowledge of the English language is essential and evidence to that effect will be requested.

Applicants from overseas will be considered, and acceptance is subject to a Work Permit being granted for non-EU nationals. 

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