The Royal Horticultural Society has partnered with the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to create and fund a series of Travelling Fellowships aimed at supporting the development of the UK horticulture industry.
The scheme, which will run until 2017, will offer two Travelling Fellowships each year to horticulturists and garden designers to discover new perspectives and generate innovative solutions to inform and further the UK?s reputation as a global centre of horticultural knowledge and expertise.
Travelling Fellowships offered by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT) have previously explored issues as varied as the use of horticultural therapy as a medical treatment and the care and cultivation of heritage roses, and the new Travelling Fellowships will continue this tradition of ?travel to learn?return to inspire.
Awarded to those who may not otherwise have the opportunity to travel overseas, the funds will allow them to study areas of topical and personal interest to gain knowledge and bring back best practice for the benefit of others in the profession.
Through partnership with RHS Bursaries, applicants will have access to the Society?s world-renowned horticultural expertise, with the WCMT providing its wealth of experience in administrative and travel support.
Tim Upson, RHS director of horticulture, said: ?We?re proud to partner with the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust in delivering these valuable opportunities to help develop horticultural knowledge and achievement in the United Kingdom.
?Programmes such as the Travelling Fellowships are vital in developing the talent we need to maintain our place at the forefront of global horticultural achievement.”
Jamie Balfour, director general of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, said: ?The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust is delighted to be involved in a partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society to support the tercentenary of Capability Brown.
?We have a long history of supporting Fellowship projects in garden and landscape design and related horticultural professions.?