Cornwall Garden Society launches the Pat and Margaret Wells Bursary to support the Duchy’s horticulture students and apprentices

The Cornwall Garden Society (CGS) has launched a new bursary to support horticulture students and apprentices 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 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 will be 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 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 young horticulturalists and hope to attract a wide range of applications.”

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 budding talents to follow them up the garden path,” add Clare, Helen and Brendan Wells.

Applications for the year commencing January 2021 should be made by email to the CGS Membership Secretary via membership@cornwallgardensociety.org.uk by Thursday 31st December 2020. 

The Cornwall Garden Society’s 2021 Spring Flower Show is scheduled to take place on Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th March. For further information and advance tickets, visit cornwallgardensociety.org.uk/spring-flower-show

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