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The Diana Aitchison Fund


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GRANTS FOR ASPIRING ALPINE AND ROCK GARDEN STUDENTS

 

THE DIANA AITCHISON FUND

 

The Diana Aitchison Fund provides grants and bursaries to support young people who want to pursue a career in horticulture, and especially to further their knowledge of alpine and rock garden plants, and their cultivation. The fund was established thanks to a very generous sum of money made available from the estate of the late Diana Aitchison, a keen gardener and plantswoman who set up and ran her own nursery at Spindlestone, near Belford, Northumberland. The fund is managed by the Scottish Rock Garden Club.

Grants from the Diana Aitchison Fund will be available each year. An indication of the value of awards made in previous years is given in the full information sheet available from the link below. Priority will be given to students following horticultural courses lasting one or more years and might go towards fees, living costs or travel expenses, either on a full-time course or at another location, such as summer work experience at a botanic garden or nursery. A personal contribution toward the cost of any course would be expected from any recipient. For the next deadline for applications see the full Information sheet.

 

The next deadline for applications is  31st MARCH 2015   ( from time to time other dates may be given).

 

Send applications to the D.A. Fund Administrator, Julia Corden -  the address is in the Information sheet.

 

To Download a full information sheet in pdf format click here

 

To Download an application form in pdf format click here

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Diana Aitchison Fund Grants 2014 - no grants were awarded this year.

 

If you know of any student who would benefit from a grant award from this fund please  let them know about this excellent source of funding from the SRGC.

 

 


 

 


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SRGC Grants awarded 2013

 

DIANA AITCHISON FUND GRANTS 2013

 

The following grants have been awarded in 2013:

 

• Jordan Miller £1,000 for a placement at the RBGE and Explorers Garden

 

• Mariel Tribby £1,200 for a placement at the RBGE : see Mariel's blog about her experiences and travels to Scotland and Europe HERE

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Emmi Klarer was funded  by a D.A. Grant  to work at the Explorer's Garden in 2012 - see her diary here, it was first published in The Rock Garden #131

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EXPLORATION FUND GRANTS 2014

 

The following grants have been awarded this year:


• £1,000 to David Rankin for a trip to China in 2014.
• £1,000 to Stella Rankin for a trip to the China in 2014.
• £1,200 to Pam Eveleigh for a trip to China in 2014.
• £750 to Alan Elliott for a trip to Mid-West Nepal in 2014.


Deadline for Applications for 2015

Anyone wishing to apply to the
Exploration Fund for a grant for an expedition in 2015 or early 2016 should submit
their application not later than 1st March 2015.
Application forms are available from the Secretary, Carol Shaw : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Contributions to the Fund are always welcome and would enable us to offer
more support. Any donations should be sent to the President, Carole Bainbridge, 3
Woodhouselee, Penicuik EH26 0PG

 

 

EXPLORATION FUND GRANTS 2013 

The SRGC also made the following Grants in 2013 from other Club Funds:

 


• £1,000 to Joanne Everson for a trip to Patagonia in 2013.

 

• £500 to Mike Kintgen for a trip to Patagonia in 2013 . See a photo report from Mike Kintgen here

 

• £1,000 to John Watson for a trip to Chile in 2013.

 

• £1,000 to Susann Nilsson for a trip to Kazakhstan and Japan in 2014.

 

 


 

Application forms are available from the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


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Elspeth Mackintosh of RBGE was given an SRGC Exploration Fund Grant towards a trip to Bhutan : 

 it was first published in The Rock Garden #131  read her report published again in the International Rock Gardener  here

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BRITISH EXPLORATION SOCIETY

 

YOUNG EXPLORER BURSARIES 2013

 

 

A bursary of £500 was awarded to each of the following BES Young Explorers. They

 

have been asked to write a report of their experiences for the club. As part of their

 

award they also receive free membership of the SRGC for a year.

 

• Katie Lumsdaine for a trip to Northern Norway

 

• Rosemary Cecile Hoggmascall for a trip to Northern Norway

 

• Esmie Hotston Moore for a trip to Northern Norway

 

• Mairi Iona Gilmour for a trip to Northern Norway

 

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A Tale of Three Grant Recipients

 

In 2012, John Foley from Bolton-by-Bowland was the first winner of the prestigious BBC Young Gardener of the Year Award. The SRGC is delighted to have been able to be involved in encouraging John at the start of his career from giving him experience of the retail side as he sold us plants at shows as a schoolboy, through to his receipt of grant support from the SRGC Diana Aitchison Fund.

J-Foley awardpic

 

Droni Amcho, a student at RBGE and SAC, is one of the Tibetan medical students who have received grant aid from the SRGC Diana Aitchison Fund.   She is now working on a thesis which includes cultivation of some of the Tibetan medicinal plants.
At the SRGC Annual General Meeting in 2010, Droni gave a presentation in the form of a DVD, made with support of ROKPA, in which she featured.
 
                         Droni and Julia- AGM2010           Tselha-and-Droni web

 

The photo (left) shows  Droni in her very beautiful national dress at the AGM, with Julia Corden, the administrator of the SRGC DA fund.  The scond photo above shows Droni (right) and a colleague, Tselha, working in the Explorers' Garden, Pitlochry whilst on placement there in 2008.

 

The second presentation at the 2010 AGM was from Alan Elliott from Scotland, of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
Alan told us in very interesting terms of the journey he has made from attending SRGC group meetings to work placements and college and RBGE studies. He had a spell at  the botanic garden at the Nezahat Gökyigit Memorial Park, Istanbul,Turkey with SRGC Grant aid. He was lucky enough to travel to Bhutan with help from the Merlin Trust in company with Margaret and David Thorne as they took the lead on an AGS trip. His photos of Bhutan won an award from the Merlin Trust.
Alan has won dissertation awards along the way and is studying for a PHD. He is working on some interesting projects at the RBGEdinburgh and is a fine example of what can  come about from a young man with an interest and some outside a encouragement and help. Alan said how much he felt the support of the SRGC, in so many ways, had been of assistance to him in his career.
 
Read Alan's story here and also his Report  to the SRGC of the Botanical Exploration of Darchula District, Far West Nepal, 2012. For Alan's article on R.E. Cooper in the Rock Garden #130, click here.
 
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DIANA AITCHISON FUND GRANTS 2012

The following grants were awarded in 2012:

 

• Kathryn Braithwaite  £2,300 for her study/working trip to Wellington Botanic   Gardens, New Zealand. Jan – Feb. 2013

• Robert Dickie           £1,500 towards his travelling and living cost whilst studyingfor a Degree in Garden Design at Hadlow College

• Emmi Klarer            £800 for work experience at the Explorers Garden, Pitlochry   and visits to other gardens including the RBGE,

                                 Pitcairn Alpines, Cluny and Drummond Gardens.

 

 

In addition, the SRGC also made the following Grants in 2012 from other Club Funds:

 

EXPLORATION FUND GRANTS

The following grants have been awarded this year:

• £400 to Robert Unwin (RBGE) for a trip to the Alps in 2012.

• £400 to Georgina Ankers (RBGE) for a trip to the Alps in 2012

• £1,000 to Alan Elliott for a trip to Nepal in 2012

• £400 to Doug Logan for a trip to Nepal in 2012

• £1,000 to Julia Corden for a trip to Arunchal Pradesh in 2012

• £1,000 to Elspeth Mackintosh for a trip to Arunchal Pradesh in 2012

 

Deadline for Applications for 2013

Anyone wishing to apply to the Exploration Fund for a grant for an expedition in 2013 or early 2014 should submit their application not later than 1st March 2013. Application forms are available from the Secretary, Carol Shaw: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Contributions to the Fund are always welcome and would enable us to offer more support.

Any donations should be sent to the President, Dr Carole Bainbridge,

3 Woodhouselee, Penicuik EH26 0PG.

 

BRITISH SCHOOLS EXPLORATION SOCIETY

YOUNG EXPLORER BURSARIES

A bursary of £500 was awarded to each of the following BSES Young Explorers. They have been asked to write a report of their experiences for the club. As part of their award they also receive free membership of the SRGC for a year.

• Matthew Hay for a trip to Northern Norway

• Jennifer Newall for a trip to Ladakh

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Other Organisations offering Grants:  
For Further Information on grants and bursaries available from organisations in the United Kingdom for horticultural projects, exchanges and travels available from Grants for Horticulturists

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