Travel scholarship for young commercial bedding plant growers

Ball Colegrave is offering young commercial bedding plant growers the opportunity for a travel scholarship.

Past Ball Colegrave Sponsored Scholarship winner, Danny Booth - image: Ball Colegrave
Past Ball Colegrave Sponsored Scholarship winner, Danny Booth - image: Ball Colegrave

The Scholarship, which is part of the David Colegrave Foundation Scholarship Season, awards up to £1,500 to fund travel to Europe in order to develop knowledge and experience in bedding plant production and marketing.

An employee in the early stages of their career at a commercial bedding plant nursery, or a student studying horticulture with an interest in commercial bedding plants should apply.

Stuart Lowen at Ball Colegrave said: "David Colegrave developed many great ideas in his business through his travel overseas, keeping an open mind to new practices and challenges in plant culture. This led David to introduce groundbreaking new product innovations and solutions within our industry. This Scholarship aims to support a like-minded individual currently working within the commercial bedding plant industry, looking to extend their knowledge and experience through exploring horticulture outside of the UK."

Past Ball Colegrave Sponsored Scholarship winner, Danny Booth, who won while studying at Myerscough College and working at Lovania, said: "I am extremely grateful to Ball Colegrave for giving me this bursary as it has boosted my career and really improved my knowledge. The key things I can take away from this grant are - building key relationships with suppliers of cuttings, cutting trays, pots, compost and machinery, as well as, knowledge of a bigger picture within the industry. I have learnt a lot about different techniques and methods to save time and money. Using different products and seeing better results. Without a grant like this it would have taken me months even years to develop such relationships which will help the success of my propagation, growing and nurture of young cuttings."

The David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) scholarship season is open for all student horticulturists until 31 January 2019. There are a number of scholarships available and to enter applicants simply need to complete an application form which they can do online.

More information on DCF and its scholarships can be found at www.davidcolegravefoundation.org.uk 


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