Budding young horticulturists have the opportunity to apply for thousands of pounds of funding for their studies.
Sponsored scholarships are available from five bodies: The David Colegrave Foundation, The Garden Centre Group, Floranova, Ball Colegrave and the British Protected Ornamentals Association.
Pupils have just four weeks to try and gain support from the David Colgrave Student Scholarship which is worth £1,000.
Jeff Colegrave, chairman of both the David Colegrave Foundation and Floranova, one of the world’s leading flower seed breeding companies, said, “It is important for the future of British horticulture that we as an industry support both fundamental and applied research that will give our companies a competitive edge in an increasingly globalised market.
“At Floranova we invest significant amounts of money into plant breeding and associated support activities and are always keen to identify bright people who have a keen interest in pursuing careers in horticultural research.”
The funding on offer includes:
Student Scholarships – £1000 scholarship for up to five students taking horticulture courses across the UK.
The Garden Centre Group Scholarships – £1,500 and paid work experience in a GCG garden centre for two students who are interested in a career in retailing.
The Floranova Ornamental Horticulture Research Scholarship – £1,500 and work experience for a student who is keen to pursue a research career in the horticultural industry.
The Ball Colegrave Scholarship – £2,500 to enable a student or an employee in the early stages of their career at a commercial Bedding Plant Nursery to fund travel to Europe in order to develop their experience in bedding plant production and marketing.
British Protected Ornamentals Association – Peter Seabrook Bursary – £1,000 a year for five years to a student/s studying commercial horticulture.
The news comess as the Horticultural Trades Association announced it had seen a summer of growth in the garden centre industry.
For more information on funding and how to apply, visit the DCF website.