Pat and Margaret Wells Bursary Open for 2022 Applications

The Cornwall Garden Society (CGS) offers a bursary to support full- or part-time horticulture students, apprentices or those in horticultural-related employment in the Duchy, in the name of Pat and Margaret Wells.

The Pat and Margaret Wells Bursary has been established by Clare, Helen and Brendan Wells in memory of their late mothers and is administered by the CGS in collaboration with them.

Pat and Margaret Wells were, in turn, the wives of Paddy Wells, the late father of Clare, Helen and Brendan. Pat and Margaret shared a driving passion for gardening.

Pat Wells was the gifted amateur with the trained painter’s eye for all that blooms.

Margaret, who lived and gardened in Cornwall for many years, was a trained horticulturalist, who scooped prize after prize for her gardens, which were often sculpted from barren earth and coaxed to spectacular maturity. She was a member of the CGS from 1978 until her death in 2018 and was the winner of the Knibbs Memorial Cup at the CGS Spring Flower Show in 1981 and 1982 as well as prizes from Kerrier District Council for the beautiful garden she created at Little Antron in Mabe Burnthouse.

“The Bursary has been established to support anyone who faces disadvantage in the pursuit of a career in horticulture, for whatever reason, and who seeks financial assistance in relation to course fees, travel expenses or other study- or work-related expenditure,” explains CGS Chairman, Sir Robert Owen.  “We are immensely grateful to Clare, Helen and Brendan Wells for their generosity in establishing this Bursary in memory of their mothers to provide much-needed support for budding horticulturalists and hope to attract a wide range of applications each year.”

Bursaries may be awarded to a total of £5,000 in a calendar year, provided that, save in exceptional circumstances, no grant of more than £2,000 will be made to any individual applicant.

“We believe that Pat and Margaret, from their eternal Eden, would love others to share their hands-on enjoyment of gardening and hope that the Bursary we are endowing in their names will tempt emerging horticultural talents to follow them up the garden path,” add Clare, Helen and Brendan Wells.

Applications for the year commencing January 2022 should be made by email, with accompanying CV, to the CGS Membership Secretary via membership@cornwallgardensociety.org.uk by Friday 31st December 2021. 

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