Education Fund

At the heart of Great Dixter is its horticultural training programme. Gardeners of all ages and backgrounds are taught the skills and knowledge needed to achieve the highest levels of horticultural practice. Children are introduced to gardening and wildlife conservation through creative and outdoor activities at Dixter farm. Trainees help in the wood workshop in the Great Barn and assist with maintenance.


In 2016 Great Dixter received generous support for the UK Christopher Lloyd scholarship and the Chanticleer USA Christopher Lloyd  Scholar. There were also grants towards training an estate worker in the use of a chainsaw, wages for a woodworking trainee and funding for a second horticultural careers conference.  The cost was secured for a nursery traineeship and bursaries were given to garden students to attend conferences, visit specialist nurseries and undertake study tours.

In 2017 projects that need support include:

  • A kitchen to support children’s educational activities around growing and eating £10,000
  • Student sponsorship to learn traditional skills in intensive flower gardening, £17,000
  • Student tools, books and travel £2,000
  • A young gardener trainee post, £14,000
  • A woodworking and estate maintenance trainee post, £14,000
  • New activities for school age children and families at Dixter farm, £5,000

To donate to the Education Fund, please click the button below:

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For further information, please contact Linda Jones:

Tel: +44 (0) 1797 254048

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