Plant Heritage announces Brother Bursary winners for 2015

Bursaries by Brother UK have been awarded to eight Plant Heritage National Collection Holders for 2015.

The bursary from Brother UK, helps Plant Heritage?s Collection Holders with their research and outreach work.

An expert panel, including horticulture expert and presenter, Christine Walkden and editor of The Plantsman, Mike Grant, met to decide which applications would receive the money.

Awards have been made to support areas of education, citizen science, propagation and plant taxonomic research.

Education

Contributions have been made towards information boards to demonstrate the value of rare cultivars, such as the perry pear orchards at Hartpury Heritage Trust, Gloucester and the ornamental orchard at Brogdale Farm, in Kent.

Similarly a portable display board will be funded for open days at the Plant Heritage National Collection of Primula auricula (Shows, Alpines, Doubles and Stripe) in Wiltshire.

New media is also supported with the National Plant Collection of Codonopsis in Lincolnshire starting a reference website with images and descriptions of new species as they flower.

A further contribution has been given towards an iPod tour to guide visitors around the different areas of the National Plant Collection of Hosta (modern hybrids) at Bowden Hostas in Devon.

Citizen Science

To improve the scientific aspects of the dispersed Calendula spp. National Plant Collection, Bristol Zoological Gardens can now purchase community-owned herbarium presses and materials.

This will allow all the community growers of the dispersed Collection to safe-guard their collected seeds and create mounting displays for public viewing.

Propagation

The National Plant Collection of Drosera in Somerset, has recently lost some tropical Australian species of these carnivorous plants. To help with successful propagation a terrarium tall enough to house a metal halide light will be funded.

Plant Taxonomic Research

The Derbyshire based Collection Holder for Hydrangea is now able to visit the French Shamrock Garden at Varengeville-Sur-Mer, near Dieppe to cross reference plants in both collections. The aim is to improve the correct identification and naming of the UK held plants.

Speaking about the Bursary applications, BBC The One Show?s resident gardening expert, Christine Walkden, said: ?It is so satisfying to see Collection Holders extending their knowledge and understanding and being able to share it with the public.

?These bursaries will enable the recipients to achieve their ambitions and move their Collections forward.?

Fellow bursary panellist, Plantsman Editor, Mike Grant, added: ?It was great to see the large number of applications for the Brother Bursary.

?The proposed projects showed lots of good ideas about how National Plant Collection holders would like to research, develop and promote their Collections.

?The awarded money will certainly allow them to do this.?

Now in its seventh year, around 62 Collection Holders have benefited from the Brother Bursary ? a total Bursary figure of ?14,000 which has been generously supported by Brother UK Ltd.

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