Plant collections win financial aid

Nine National Plant Collections have received funding through a bursary set up by Brother UK in partnership with Plant Heritage. Seven of the collections received £200 each and two of them have been given goods in kind.

- Drosera and Heliamphora collection holder Langford Williams from Swansea will put the money toward the cost of a new glasshouse and plant propagation room.

- Maxillaria, Surrey. Dr Michael McIllmurray from Surrey will use the grant to help buy a stereo-microscope with computer interface to aid the study of his collection's morphology.

- Dionaea and Sarracenia, Essex. Mark Haslett plans to upgrade his rainwater harvesting system.

- Saxifraga, Lancashire. Beryl Bland will replace the compost and grit in her educational beds.

- Echeveria, Cornwall. Heather Hiley will repot the collection and provide vine weevil protection.

- Tulbaghia, Aberystwyth. Elizabeth Powney will buy a camera lens to record morphology.

- Dierama spp., Devon. Diane Rowe will move the collection into new timber-framed beds.

- Martin and Janet Blow from Cheshire, who collect Helenium cultivars, were given a Brother labelling machine to label their collection.

- Crocus, Surrey. David Stephens, received labels for his collection.

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