Brother awards go to nine National Collection Holders

John Vanderplank
John Vanderplank

Nine Plant Heritage National Collection Holders have won bursaries given by Brother UK.

The company provides financial awards and plant labelling machines towards projects to help develop National Collections.

Judges decided £800 should go to John Vanderplank who holds a National Collection of Passiflora (passion flowers) in Somerset. The award will go towards a new Herbarium cabinet.

He said: "I’m really pleased as it’s going to create a permanent record of Passiflora cultivars and a valuable additional reference collection of Passiflora species for the future."
Now in its sixth year, around 54 Collection holders have benefitted from the Brother Bursary – a total sponsorship figure of £12,000.

The full list of recipients is:

  • Dr John Vanderplank with £800 towards a herbarium cabinet for Passiflora.
  • Cambridge University Botanic Garden received £400 towards micropropagation of Tulipa ‘Captain Fryatt’, Tulipa species and primary hybrids.
  • Kristopher Harper received £400 towards interpretation of the collection of Fuchsia cultivars introduced by James Lye.
  • Bob Armstrong received £200 towards metal obelisks to display the collection of Codonopsis.
  • Don Billington received £200 towards metal signage and a Brother labeller for Aechmea, Billbergia & Neoregelia.
  • Fairweathers Nursery received a Brother labeller for the Fairweather Nursery Trials Collection of agapanthus.
  • Bennetts Water Lilies (James Bennett) received a Brother labeller for Nymphaea.
  • Lakeland Horticultural Society (John Ashley & Pat Murphy) received a Brother labeller between two collections: Astilbe & Meconopsis (larger perennial species & hybrids)
  • Avondale Nursery (Brian Ellis) received a Brother labeller for Anemone nemorosa.

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