The Pat & Margaret Wells Bursary

Wells Sisiters
Pat and Margaret Wells

The Pat & Margaret Wells Bursary has been established by Clare, Helen and Brendan Wells in memory of their late mothers to support those studying or intending to study horticulture at educational establishments in Cornwall on a full- or part-time basis, or in apprenticeships or other horticultural-related employment in the Duchy. The Bursary is administered by the CGS in conjunction with the donors.

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 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.

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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.

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.

Applications for the year commencing January 2025 should be made by by completing and submitting this online form by Wednesday 30th October 2024.

The Thistledown Horticultural Bursary

The Thistledown Horticultural Bursary provides financial support for a wide range of horticultural projects both in the UK and overseas.

It is both offered and administered by Tresco Abbey Garden on the Isles of Scilly.

There are two closing dates for applications annually – 30th April and 31st October.

To be eligible for consideration, projects must have very clear relevance to horticulture.

To read the guidelines and download an application form, click here.

The Thistledown Horticultural Bursary