Job opportunity - Highdown Gardens Horticultural Apprenticeship:
Our wonderful apprentice Sam is shortly to head off to pastures new, so we're looking to recruit a new apprentice at Highdown Gardens. It's a paid apprenticeship, and is an excellent opportunity to work and learn in our world-renowned chalk garden. The successful candidate will assist with a wide range of horticultural tasks and help to care for our unique collection of plants, along with studying for a Work Based Diploma in Horticulture Level 2 at Plumpton College one day per week.
To find out more please see: Horticultural Apprentice on the Plumpton College website
Closing date: 5pm, 1st June 2017.
For further info, email

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Benches at Highdown Gardens

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We are starting an initiative to clean and replace the benches at Highdown Gardens, many of which are over 20 years old.

Unfortunately we have little historic information concerning the donations of benches, apart from the dedication plaques.

We are therefore asking for your help. If you know or have knowledge of any of the following families or dedications, can you please contact us on:

List of families or dedications (with a date):

  • 2002 - June Weale
  • 2002 - Dorothy Irene Dunn
  • 1996 - Aunty Lil
  • 1995 - Kenneth King
  • 1995 - A.H. Routley
  • 1994 - Olive Carr
  • 1994 - Mary Jane Cooper
  • 1992 - Philip John King
  • 1991 - L.W.F. Elen
  • 1990 - Mark McDonnell

List of families or dedications (no date) - alphabetical by first name:

  • A.A.V. Paul
  • Alfred & Leopoldine
  • Doris & Reg Gates
  • Evelyn Couper
  • John Bassindale
  • Lucy & Timothy
  • Mary Nelson
  • Moira Marsh
  • Ray, Glen & Graham Short
  • Ruben Hadekel
  • Valerie Pullen
  • Violet Mockford

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12th July 2016: Well done Sam Dexter!

Winner of Plumpton College Top Horticulture Apprentice of the Year award

PR16-071 - Well done Sam Dexter - winner of Top Horticulture Apprentice of the Year award

The award winning Highdown Gardens in Worthing, received more good news this week. Their very first apprentice, Sam Dexter (21, of Worthing) has won the coveted Plumpton College Top Horticulture Apprentice of the Year award.

This news comes in the same week that Highdown Gardens won, for the second year running, a TripAdvisor Certificate for Excellence.

Jo Hooper, Highdown Gardens Manager and Head Gardener, adds:

“Sam is studying towards a Level 2 Work Based Diploma in Horticulture at Plumpton College. We are extremely proud of Sam who has put an enormous amount of work into his studies and contributed greatly towards the upkeep of Highdown Gardens. Sam started with us in February 2015 and is due to complete his apprenticeship in May next year. He has a very bright future in horticulture ahead of him and the award is very well deserved.”

Sam Dexter says:

“I have enjoyed my experience here at Highdown Gardens and have learnt a great deal, from identifying plants to general maintenance tasks. Plumpton College has offered me the chance to enhance my practical knowledge with theory and research. I feel the apprenticeship has given me a good basis to progress through the industry. I would recommend doing an apprenticeship to anyone who is interested in following a career in horticulture and I'd like to thank the Council for the opportunity.”

Councillor Clive Roberts, Worthing Borough Council Executive Member for Environment, adds:

“Many congratulations to Sam. He is an important part of this award winning Garden and a shining example of the many young people in Worthing who are benefiting from Apprenticeships. Jo and her team have done a great job of sharing their wide breadth of knowledge with Sam, and in turn have helped this talented horticulturist maintain the high standards Highdown already enjoys, for a long time to come.”

Highdown will be recruiting for a new horticultural apprentice early next year, please keep an eye on the apprenticeship website for details.

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November 2015: New webpages added

We have added a number of new webpages covering all areas of our website and have updated other pages. They have been linked together to form a 'virtual tour' of the Gardens that you can follow and we have improved the map of the Gardens as well.

You can see the tour of the Gardens and map, or visit our new (or updated) webpages:

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September 2015: South & South East in Bloom awards

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Highdown Gardens have been awarded the South & South East in Bloom 'Silver Gilt' award and also the coveted 'Judges Award'.

For full details see:

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September 2015: Green Flag Awards - please vote for us

Green Flag logo

This year a record breaking 1,582 parks and green spaces were awarded the prestigious, international Green Flag Award 2015. We are very proud to announce that Highdown Gardens was amongst the award winners.

In additional, the annual People's Choice award is now open - giving local residents the chance to vote for the best in the whole of the UK

To vote, simply go to the Green Flag Award website using the relevant link(s) below and click the 'vote for this site' button. You do not have to register or submit any personal details.

The public vote is now open and will close at noon on Wednesday 30th September 2015.

The winner of the People's Choice award will be announced in October 2015.

If you love Highdown Gardens please vote for us, every vote counts!

For full details see:

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1st June 2015: New website launched

We hope you like our new look website - please let us know what you think.

If you feel anything else could be changed or added to help improve it please contact us.

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