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Grants for Young People from the SRGC


The Scottish Rock Garden Club (SRGC) is a registered educational charity and has funds available to encourage younger people to grow and conserve plants. A page on the SRGC website illustrates how we have recently funded some of these people.
Some of you will have watched ‘Young Gardener of the Year’ on the BBC last year. Did you know that the winner, John Foley from Lancashire, was one of the people funded by the SRGC with a grant from the Diana Aitchison Fund?
Alan Elliot from Forfar works for the Royal Botanic garden, Edinburgh (RBGE) and has benefited from an Exploration Fund grant to study plants in the wild in Bhutan after a spell working in a botanic garden in Turkey.
One of the most exciting projects, to my mind anyway, undertaken by the SRGC is sponsorship of a group of Tibetan students to come to Scotland and learn how to cultivate Mecanopsis. Because the roots of the Mecanopsis are valued by the Chinese as a herbal remedy they are becoming endangered in the wild in certain regions! These students, led by Droni Amcho studied at RBGE, Pitlochry Explorers Garden and nurseries in Edinburgh and Kirriemuir.

Droni (front) and Tselha at the Explorers Garden, Pitlochry
Not mentioned in the SRGC page is the sponsorship that we give to students on British Schools Exploring Society (BSES) expeditions
Most years we give support to several students, typically 18/19 yrs. old, on trips to the Indian Himalaya or to the Arctic Circle.
These grants and support are not just for members of the SRGC, in fact, only a small percentage of the grant money that we give goes to SRGC members. The constitution of the club states that we exist to foster an interest in Rock garden plants, to provide education about and spread knowledge of such plants and to encourage their cultivation. If you know of any young person (young is not defined) whose plant education might benefit from an SRGC grant please point them to this page on the club’s web site,
Or suggest that they email for more information.

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What an interesting blog BA. I have ment John Foley a few times through the HPS. I wish I were a few decades younger.

13 Feb, 2013


Me to SBG :)
The marvelous work carried out by conservationist around the globe is critical - it's great that so many institutions are supporting work like this. Whether it be flora or fauna - particularly in those parts of the world.
What an experience for all those who benefit from the support.
It would be nice to think that just by seeing your blog BA - some 'young' person will get the help they need to do their wee bit!

13 Feb, 2013


Keep Up The Good Work. Your Amazing All Of You.

3 Oct, 2013

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