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Horticulture students get a financial boost for post-pandemic future

L-R: Molli Christman, Sarah Powell, William Charity recently received scholarships from the David Colegrave Foundation

David Colegrave Foundation has awarded £11,000 to students across Northern Ireland and the UK



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22 April 2021

The David Colegrave Foundation has selected its scholarship winners for the 2020-21 season.

Receiving over £11,000 in total, nine students have had a boost to their future studies in sustainability, ethnobotany, biodiversity, commercial horticulture and plant breeding.

“This past year has been tough for everyone, but especially for those students studying a practical qualification where they are unable to study from home in the same way,” said Jeff Colegrave. “This year the trustees of the David Colegrave Foundation are more delighted than ever to be able to reward and support dedicated students through this pandemic and ensure the next generation of horticulturalists do not fail to blossom.”

Francesca Ablett was the recipient of the £2,500 Research Scholarship. Ablett is currently in the final year of a BSc Honours degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Leeds, with a particular interest in plant sciences.

The John Gibson Environmental Scholarship, which is worth £1,500 was awarded to Eve Halliday, a second year of the BSc in Horticulture with Plantsmanship delivered by SRUC/RBGE. Halliday is particularly interested in the conservation, diversity and environmental aspects of plants and horticulture.

Molli Christman received the £1,500 Ball Colegrave Scholarship. Christman is currently working at RHS Garden Hyde Hall.

The £1,000 BPOA/Peter Seabrook Scholarship went to Joshua Blakey, who is studying for a BSc (Hons) in Commercial Horticulture at Hadlow College (North Kent College Group/ University of Greenwich). Blakey has engaged in a partnership programme with the University of Greenwich to enable him to follow a mentor at the Natural Resources Institute.

The £1,000 Student Scholarships winners are:

  • Rebecca Gilroy is a full-time student on the FdSc in Horticulture Programme at College of Agriculture Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE). She has a family background in horticulture and plans to work for the family nursery and landscaping business when she graduates.
  • William Charity is currently in his second year of study of the City & Guilds, Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma in Horticulture at Writtle University College. Charity  developed his own local garden maintenance business, and has already applied and been accepted onto a three-year BSc in Horticulture degree course.
  • Nicole Connolly is a year one part-time student on the FdSc in Horticulture Programme at CAFRE Greenmount. She joined the course with an interest in pursuing a career in vegetable production and community gardening.
  • Sarah Powell is studying for a BSc(Hons) in Horticulture and Plantsmanship at SRUC Edinburgh. Sarah is a keen and enthusiastic horticulture student who has come from a background of outdoor pursuits and activities.
  • Scott Galloway is currently studying for a HND in Horticulture at SRUC. He is currently working on his Graded Unit 2 project which is self-led research on a relevant horticultural topic: ‘Evaluation into different free-draining growing media on the growth rate of Bergenia ‘Oeschberg’ roots cuttings’.

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