The RHS is partnering the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT) for three years, to fund two fellowships to British horticulturalists and garden designers, which will further the UK’s reputation as a global centre of horticultural knowledge and expertise.
The new travelling fellowships will continue the tradition of ‘travel to learn… return to inspire’.
This year’s award winners include:
- Richard Eltringham, an Occupational Therapy Assistant Practitioner from Thurmaston, Leicestershire, who will be travelling to the USA to investigate horticulture based community restitution programmes for offenders with mental health issues.
- Amanda Dennis, a gardener from Nunhead, who will be travelling to Germany, the Netherlands and the USA to study alternative, naturalistic styles of bedding planting
2016 award winners were:
- Anna de la Vega, the owner of The Urban Worm, an organic waste management and gardening project in Nottingham. Who travelled to Cuba and the USA to investigate approaches to food production and worm composting. Read Anna's report on her fellowship.
- Matthew Smith, a gardener from Evesham, who will be travelling to France and South Africa to explore the flora of the region as discovered by historical plant hunters.
Previous winner, John Phibbs, travelled to Sweden and Russia in 1983 on his Churchill Travelling Fellowship, to investigate English style landscape designs in Northern Europe. Going on to become the Principal of Debois Landscape Survey Group, John is now a renowned garden historian and author with more than 30 years’ experience of planning and management of historic landscapes, conservation and restoration planning.
Celebrating Capability Brown
John also set up the Capability Brown 1716–2016 Partnership of 20 organisations to celebrate the life and achievements of Britain’s greatest landscape gardener and to spread greater understanding and enjoyment of his work and influence.
The Travelling Fellowships formed part of a nationwide series of commemorative events across the UK to mark the tercentenary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, one of the United Kingdom’s most celebrated garden designers.
Applications to WCMT
The average length of a Fellowship is 6 weeks. Applicants must be aged 18 and over. Churchill Fellows come from all walks of life and no qualifications are required in order to apply, except British citizenship.
Applications for 2017 have now closed. To register interest/apply for a Travelling Fellowship in 2018 please visit the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust website.