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Garden design scholarships

Students at the London College of Garden Design
Students at the London College of Garden Design

Help for horticultural students in financial need

Not being able to follow your dream because of lack of money is all too familiar in the world of horticulture.

However, there is a small ray of hope from the London College of Garden Design (LCGD) which has launched a bursary scheme to celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2018.

The bursaries will help two people who have already started their careers in horticulture and design but can’t continue with further studies because they can’t afford to.

‘Realise their full potential’

Director Andrew Fisher Tomlin said: “As part of our commitment to the garden professions and to celebrate our 10th anniversary, we’re making two scholarships available for our Garden Design Diploma, starting in September 2018 and Planting Design Diploma starting in January 2019.

“Applications are welcome from those who are in financial need and will benefit from study to realise their full potential.”

The scholarship will be assessed on the basis of financial need and academic merit and will cover the course tuition fees only (£11,995 for the Garden Design Diploma and £5,995 for the Planting Design Diploma).

Are you eligible?

To qualify, you must:

  • Have at least 2 years’ experience in horticulture or land-based industries. This may include study at a recognised college on a horticultural course as well as practical in-work experience.
  • Be earning less than £20,000 per annum.
  • Be able to study in the UK.

LCGD students have won more student design awards than any other college over the past 10 years and have graduated to establish successful careers all over the world.

The application process is open with a final submission date of Friday, April 6. For further details, visit the LCGD website at www.lcgd.org.uk/.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.


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