Up to six people will have the chance to travel abroad and around the UK to learn how well-designed spaces can benefit the communities they serve through CABE Space's design skills scholarship programme.
Applications for the 2010 scholarships are opening as this year's scholars return from their visits to Europe, the US, Canada and around the UK. Their studies included an exploration of community gardens, how better-designed public spaces can help deliver cultural and creative learning for children and the impact well-designed green space can have on social housing.
Landscape manager Noel Murphy visited social housing schemes in Holland, Sweden and Denmark to explore how the design and use of green places contributes to a better sense of place and cohesion. He said: "I saw some great ideas that could easily be adopted in England where shared green spaces brought communities together. From public art to fruit and vegetable growing and sustainable solutions for collecting and recycling rainwater, each project generated a tremendous sense of belonging."
In addition, horticulturist Pamela Smith travelled to Canada, the US and France, as well as looking at projects in the UK to investigate plant heritage and urban food growing as a means of public engagement and as inspiration for design and management of public green spaces.
CABE Space director Sarah Gaventa explained: "Good design should be at the heart of our public spaces. I'd like to encourage anyone who works in improving and managing the public realm but has no formal design training to make the most of this invaluable study opportunity and learn from best-practice examples - both here in the UK and abroad."
Scholarships will be made in the form of grants designed to cover travel and living expenses for a period of approximately six weeks. Applicants will propose their own study programme, which they will then be able to develop with the help of a CABE Space mentor.
Applications can be made online. The closing date is 13 November at 5pm. Shortlisted candidates will be called for interview in December.