Shropshire Parks and Gardens Trust launch 2014 Bursaries

Shropshire Parks and Gardens Trust(SPGT) has launched their 2014 Bursary Scheme and is inviting applications for a limited number of bursaries of up to £500.00 each per year from people who are normally resident in Shropshire and are studying or involved in historic gardens or designed landscapes.

Students, whether full or part-time, may undertake their studies anywhere within the UK. The bursaries can be put towards course fees or other studies and research connected with historic parks, gardens or other significant designed landscapes within Shropshire. For the purposes of the bursary scheme, Shropshire includes the area now administered by Telford and Wrekin

Last year Sara Willhoit from Castlefields, Shrewsbury was awarded a £400 bursary from Shropshire Parks and Gardens Trust. Sara, at the time a student at the University of Sheffield, successfully completed her Masters in Landscape Architecture. Sara used her bursary to purchase a camera lens, books and to attend a conference on Urban Public Gardens at Cambridge University.

Her final project was to focus on an existing area and design a creative but realistic strategy dealing with landscape issues. Sara chose the north east corridor of Shrewsbury, including the derelict site of Ditherington Flax Mill, the old riverbed, canal and local neighbourhoods.

Sara was delighted to be awarded the bursary and said ‘This generosity allowed me to extend my research. Since completing this project I have participated in landscape architecture design competitions worldwide, and my ambition is to promote and design landscapes that influence people’s perceptions and romanticises the urban and natural environment’.

Shropshire Parks and Gardens Trust is a registered charity founded in 1997. It works to protect historic designed landscapes throughout Shropshire and raise public awareness and appreciation of the county's parks and gardens heritage.   Tony Herbert, chairman of the SPGT said ‘We are very pleased to be able to support Sara at this exciting stage in her professional development, and wish her every success’.

Further details of the Bursary Scheme and an application form can be found on the Trust’s website at www.shropshiregardens.org.uk

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