GCA seeks more candidates for its £1,500 bursaries

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has made a plea for more applicants for two £1,500 bursaries it is offering.

GCA chief executive Gillie Westwood said applicants must have been accepted to, and must be intending to complete, horticultural study at a college and must want to work in the garden retail industry.

She added: "We're not getting the candidates, which we find amazing, especially as there is talk of raising tuition fees."

The GCA Trust gives £1,500 per annum to two students who have been accepted to HND, diploma or BSc courses and are returning to, or preparing to, work in the garden-centre industry.

A current student is Pershore College BSc horticulture student Carl Berthold, who graduates this summer. Berthold is already working part-time at Webbs Garden Centre in Wychbold, Worcestershire.

Money goes towards accommodation or fees, and the GCA is now looking at awards for part-time students. GCA trustees are Daisy Nook, Barton Grange, Millbrook and Van Hage garden centres.

Contact Gillie Westwood at gillie@gca.org.uk or call 01993 871456 for an application form.

- The International Garden Centres Association congress, to be held in Manchester on 13-19 September, has study tour places available for garden centre managers aged below 40. For further information visit www.igcacongress.com.

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