Student wins national horticulture scholarship

March 2017

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Writtle University student George Laws has won a national horticulture scholarship.

The BSc (Hons) Horticulture student received the £1,500 South West Growers Show Sponsored Scholarship from the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF).

George, 20, from Folkestone, Kent, is interested in production horticulture, particularly regarding sustainability, and plans to pursue further education in this area, with hopes to eventually head a department of resource efficiency.

George said: “I am astounded by the generosity of the South West Growers Show and the David Colegrave Foundation. A very sincere thank you, not just for helping me but for enhancing all horticulture students; from giving employers the confidence to hire us to supplying us with the backing needed.”

The SWGS Sponsored Scholarship supports students with a passion for commercial and production horticulture. The SWGS is the South West’s leading trade show for commercial horticulture.

The David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) is a registered charity supporting the development of students studying horticulture in the UK. It champions careers in commercial, production or retail ornamental horticulture by offering scholarships to these future horticulturists. David Colegrave was one of Britain’s leading seedsmen, founding the UK’s largest ornamental seed company, Colegrave Seeds (now Ball Colegrave).