The bursaries, along with plant labelling equipment 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.
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.