Managing work alongside the PGGT
As part of the traineeship, Phoebe works as a regular gardening team member while studying and completing her coursework.
"I'm usually up at the crack of dawn writing my coursework before sunrise," says Phoebe.
"I document every aspect of the job, which I then translate into reports to submit as part of the PGGT."
At Highgrove, Phoebe undertakes diverse hands-on duties and develops a full range of gardening skills.
"Being a trainee, you don't have a specific job role in the garden, which I have thoroughly enjoyed," explains Phoebe.
Brian [Head Gardener] has placed me in areas where he believes I can learn the most, which has provided me with a diverse and enriching learning experience."
With the PGGT, there is a focus on learning, so taking part in various courses and training programmes is highly supported by both The Prince's Foundation and the Head Gardener to help trainees gain a broader range of horticulture skills.
"In the last year, I've undertaken machinery training that involves tractor driving, wood chipping, and hedge trimming," continues Phoebe.
"I've also completed a Tree Inspection Course and gained my Chainsaw Maintenance, Cross Cutting, and Basic Felling Certificate—this felt like quite an achievement and one I will definitely be utilising in my gardening career."