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    RHS funding available to modern day plant hunters

    The RHS has made more than £100,000 available to gardening professionals. This RHS funding is for people who want to combine worldwide travel and horticultural learning this year.
    The funding comprises of a series of bursaries and will see around 100 applicants receive amounts ranging between £200 to £3,000. It intends to grow the UK’s horticultural skills and knowledge. This may include the study of a plant or growing technique, conference attendance or help funding a voluntary work placement.
    A fellowship programme offers one applicant a free opportunity to study at an American University. An alternative is to gain practical experience at Pennsylvania’s botanical Longwood Gardens.

    Previous recipients of RHS funding have:

    • Investigated unique flora in Korea’s Demilitarised Zone
    • Researched plants in the Caucasus Mountains
    • Followed in the footsteps of famed horticulturist Harold Comber in Tasmania.
    Chris Moncrieff, head of horticultural relations, comments:
    “Hundreds of people have already benefitted from RHS funding. This supports their careers, confirms their passion for gardening and bolstering the UK’s horticultural know how. There’s still much to discover, so we’re encouraging anyone with a passion for plants to apply.”
    The next round of funding applications closes on 30 September. More information is available at www.rhs.org.uk/bursaries
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