Rock dust pioneer celebrates Winston Churchill Memorial Trust fellowship

Jennifer Brodie, who runs REMIN (Scotland) has attended an event at Sir Winston Churchill's birthplace of Blenheim Palace to mark the 50th anniversary of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

Brodie went on her Travelling Fellowship in 2003 and drove a mobile home, solo, around six European countries to investigate European Waste Management – Policies and Practices.   For this she achieved the Pol Roget award for the most outstanding fellowship of her year and has since set up her own company REMIN (Scotland).   It is dedicated to promoting the use of organically approved volcanic rock dust, which she has trademarked as REMIN volcanic rock dust.

She said:  "For a 100 per cent natural product, that is a by-product of another industry and for which I has secured organic approval, and which works, it constantly amazes me what a challenge it is to get it accepted into mainstream gardening, horticulture and farming. The more I learn about Sir Winston, the more I find him an inspiration to keep going.  On my website  I round up the results I have collected from users and the momentum is beginning to grow at last.  WCMT is open for applications from now until September and one of the categories is Environment, Sustainable Living and Horticulture.  It is open to all and very straight forward so I am doing my best to promote it. "

More than 1,000 fellows and their guests, from every decade since 1965 attended the day, which was hosted by the Duke of Marlborough’s sister – Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, who is herself a generational cousin of Sir Winston, and a member of the WCMT Advisory Council.

Members of the Churchill family, including Sir Winston’s grandson Jeremy Soames; and his great-grandson, Randolph, were also present; as well as many of the trustees and advisory council from the WCMT.

one of Britain's rarest plants, the Plymouth pear tree, to be planted in the grounds of Blenheim Palace.

Since 1965, more than 5,000 British citizens have been awarded Churchill Fellowships, from more than 100,000 applicants, to travel overseas to study areas of topical and personal interest.

To mark its half century, The Trust has awarded a record number of 150 Travelling Fellowships in 2015 – investing over £1.3m in British citizens. This year’s Fellows will travel to 58 countries between them, across six continents, where they will carry out a range of projects.

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