Plant Heritage awards grants to National Collection Holders to continue their vital conservation work

Plant Heritage is delighted to announce nine new bursaries awarded in partnership with Brother UK this year to its nation-wide network of National Plant Collection Holders.

The bursaries, along with plant labelling equipment generously donated by Brother UK, will enable Plant Heritage’s National Collection Holders to continue their work in cultivating and conserving plant life.

Grants were awarded towards the cost of new equipment to aid propagation of National Plant Collections, such as a twin-scaling workstation for the propagation of Narcissus and a storm-proof greenhouse for Banksia propagation. Awards were also made to help with record keeping, such as an A3 scanner to keep capture plant images and fire-proof cabinets.

A number of awards were made to educate and enhance visitor experience to National Plant Collections, including display boards, translation of information and publicity materials. Collection Holders also received funding for provision of services including photography and attendance at research events.

The judging panel included garden writer and leading horticulturist Matthew Biggs, and Editor of RHS’s The Plantsman magazine Mike Grant.

Speaking about the scheme, Matthew Biggs said:

"The Brother Bursary scheme is a massive boost to Plant Heritage and a wonderful opportunity for Collection Holders to take a positive step towards fulfilling their ambitions for their plants.

Judging was extremely difficult and the focus of much thought provoking debate but we are certain that those who received bursaries will benefit in their vital role in conserving threatened garden plants and spreading the message about their work to a wider audience".

Sarah Quarterman, CEO of Plant Heritage said:

“I am so pleased that we are able to extend our recognition and support of our National Plant Collection Holders further across the UK this year. The Brother Bursary means these Collection Holders are now equipped with the funds they need to conserve and record their plants better meaning it is more likely that the plants will survive for future generations to enjoy”.

Now in its eighth year, over 70 Collection Holders have benefited from the Brother Bursary – a total bursary figure of £16,000.

Full list of awards made in 2016:

  • A C Pigott – Equisetum, Suffolk: Acquisition of A3 scanner to facilitate imaging of collections.
  • Cathryn Denby – Dierama, Yorkshire: National Plant Collection Display Boards.
  • Linda Heywood – Echium spp., & cvs., from the Macaronesian Islands, Nottinghamshire: Interpretation Boards for National Plant Collection.
  • Mr & Mrs Donald – Narcissus -pre 1930 daffodils, Poolewe, Scotland: Twin-scaling workstation for propagation.
  • S Bell, Sunnybank Vine Nursery – Vitis vinifera & hybrids (hardy inc dessert & wine), Herefordshire: Attendance at the 9th International Cool Climate Wine Symposium ( ICCWS) in Brighton 26th – 28th May 2016.
  • I Scroggy – Hosta, County Antrim: Safeguarding Collection reference files – store all Collection documents in a fire proof filing cabinet.
  • J Marshall & S Cook, Iris (Sir Cedric Morris introductions) and Dianthus (Malmaison) and Perpetual Flowering Carnations bred and registered in the UK before 1970, Suffolk: Professional photography of National Plant Collections.
  • C Whittaker, Monarda, Pembrokeshire: Translation services to translate publicity materials into Welsh.
  • Robert Blackhall-Miles, Banksia South East Australian spp., Gwynedd, Wales: Storm-proof facility for propagation.

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