Cornwall Garden Society awards nearly £4K to six students

The Cornwall Garden Society (CGS) has awarded funding totalling nearly £4,000 to six horticultural students at Duchy College Rosewarne, part of Cornwall College.

The money has enabled the students to fund activities including study trips and course fees. Student Paul Cummins said: "It's been fantastic, a real godsend. If I hadn't been awarded this funding I wouldn't have been able to carry on with my course."

Alex Holbrook, who is studying for a Foundation Degree in horticulture specialising in global plant use, plans to use the money to research the use of medicinal plants in health and beauty products.

Fellow student Jane Wood will use the money to support herself while working this summer at one of the historic gardens in Cornwall.

Sara Swinscow used her grant to buy plants and materials for her entry to regional gardening competition Garden for Eden. Caroline Watts is on a conservation project in Mauritius, aided by her CGS funding. Suzanne Whitmore is studying for the Foundation Degree in horticulture and plans to fund her progression to the full degree course.

CGS awards panel chairman Bryan Coode said: "The CGS is keenly aware of the importance of allowing people studying gardening-related subjects to reach their full potential through practical and academic excellence.

"Many may find this a daunting task due to a wide variety of financial pressures, so help from the society of even a modest amount, in some cases, can make the difference between achieving or not."

Cornwall College principal Dave Linnell OBE said: "This funding has made a world of difference."


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