Writing reports

Read our tips for writing your RHS Bursary Report. All reports are held in the Wisley Garden Library to inspire others wishing to apply

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  1. Where appropriate, reports should include photographs, maps or diagrams all with captions. They must also be bound and have a cover sheet, clearly stating the author’s name, the project’s title and the date it was undertaken. A CD-ROM or USB stick version should be submitted to accompany the hardcopy of the report.
  2. All reports should be typed with numbered pages. Although there is no set limit as to the length of a report, all content should be relevant and concise.
  3. Reports will be available to a wide audience. Please ensure that your report contains no typographical errors and adheres to the botanical convention for the naming of plants.
  4. Those who have undertaken joint projects need only submit one report, but this must include a personal contribution from each participant giving an individual overview of the project.

Bursary Reports should also contain the following:

  • Contents page
  • Introduction
  • Overview of the main aims and objectives of the project
  • Itinerary or areas of research covered
  • Brief résumé of the locations visited
  • Details of the work programme
  • Details of any problems encountered and how they were resolved
  • Overall summary and conclusion as to whether the aims and objectives have been met and also what has been learnt or gained from a personal and horticultural perspective.
  • Any future plans generated and recommendations for further study tours, expeditions, etc. to the area(s) concerned
  • Final budget breakdown showing how the money was spent; the relevance of the bursary and of any other funding received. Please ensure that you sign this page.
  • Acknowledgements - reports should clearly state which bursary fund the award has come from e.g. RHS Coke Trust Bursary Fund. Please note that if your bursary came from the E A Bowles Bursary Fund the following wording should be used in your report: e.g.“Thanks to E A Bowles of Myddelton House Society, funders of the E A Bowles Memorial Bursary (administered by the RHS).”
  • References and bibliography e.g. Prisinzano, Thomas E (2005),“Psychopharmacology of the hallucinogenic sage Salvia divinorum” - Life Sciences 78: 527-531
  • Appendices should contain any additional information relevant to the report such as: maps, statistical statements etc.

If a conference was attended a copy of the programme should be included as well as the following:

  • A summary account of the conference, with a personal critique of the programme content and of the visiting speakers.
  • Any relevant information gained from the conference which will benefit you in your current place of work.
  • If you have presented a paper at the conference, please provide details of the topics covered.

Read our special guidelines for the Dawn Jolliffe Botanical Art Bursary and photographic artwork projects

Completed reports

All reports must be sent to:

The RHS Bursaries Manager, RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB
Tel: 01483 479719
Email: [email protected]

Read the recent Bursary Reports

If you cannot get to the Lindley Library Wisley to read the reports, you can see the list of recent Bursary Report prize winners and read their reports online.

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