The RHS and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Announce New Travelling Fellowships to Support Hort

Wednesday 20 May 2015

The RHS to partner with the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to offer two Travelling Fellowships annually over three years

• Open to both professional and student horticulturists and garden designers, Travelling Fellowships will offer opportunities to explore global best practice for the benefit of the UK gardening community
• Travelling Fellowships will form part of the celebrations marking the tercentenary of one of the United Kingdom’s greatest-ever gardeners, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown

 The Travelling Fellowships offer the chance to broaden horticultural understanding © RHS/ Adam Duckworth

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has partnered with the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to create and fund a series of Travelling Fellowships aimed at supporting the development of the UK horticulture industry. The scheme, which will run until 2017, will offer two Travelling Fellowships each year to horticulturists and garden designers to discover new perspectives and generate innovative solutions to inform and further the UK’s reputation as a global centre of horticultural knowledge and expertise.

Travelling Fellowships offered by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT) have previously explored issues as varied as the use of horticultural therapy as a medical treatment and the care and cultivation of heritage roses, and the new Travelling Fellowships will continue this tradition of ‘travel to learn…return to inspire. Awarded to those who may not otherwise have the opportunity to travel overseas, the funds will allow them to study areas of topical and personal interest to gain knowledge and bring back best practice for the benefit of others in the profession. Through partnership with RHS Bursaries, applicants will have access to the Society’s world-renowned horticultural expertise, with the WCMT providing its wealth of experience in administrative and travel support.

Tim Upson, RHS Director of Horticulture, said: ‘We’re proud to partner with the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust in delivering these valuable opportunities to help develop horticultural knowledge and achievement in the United Kingdom. Programmes such as the Travelling Fellowships are vital in developing the talent we need to maintain our place at the forefront of global horticultural achievement.’

Jamie Balfour, Director General of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, said: ‘The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust is delighted to be involved in a partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society to support the tercentenary of Capability Brown. We have a long history of supporting Fellowship projects in garden and landscape design and related horticultural professions.’

The Fellowships form part of a nationwide series of commemorative events taking place in 2016 to mark the tercentenary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, one of the United Kingdom’s most celebrated garden designers. Famed for popularising the English romantic style through an idealised interpretation of nature, Brown’s rolling landscapes and gothic ruins inspired a Europe-wide obsession for Jardins à l'anglaise.


Notes to editors

For more information on the Travelling Fellowships partnership, please contact Garfield Myrie in the RHS Press Office on 020 7821 3060 or

Applications for travel in 2016 are now open, and close again at 5pm on 22 September 2015. For more information please visit

About the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was established shortly after Sir Winston’s death in 1965, as his national memorial and living legacy.

The Trust awards Travelling Fellowships to British citizens to travel abroad to bring back knowledge and best practice for the benefit of others in their UK professions and communities.

Since 1965 over 5,100 Travelling Fellowships have been awarded, with Fellows making outstanding contributions in areas as diverse as dementia support, mental health, the crafts, conservation, teaching, and youth justice.

Churchill’s beliefs and passions live on through the Travelling Fellows – who are remarkable individuals, representing a wide range of backgrounds, qualifications, interests and professions, but sharing the desire to do something for the improvement of British life and their fellow man.

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About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood to inspire passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener, healthier, happier and more beautiful place. We believe everyone in every village, town and city should benefit from growing plants to enhance lives, build stronger, healthier, happier communities and create better places to live.

We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, our flagship garden, in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity. At our gardens and shows and through our scientific research, publications, libraries and our education and community programmes we inspire a passion for gardening and growing plants, promote the value of gardens, demonstrate how gardening is good for us and explain the vital roles that plants undertake.

The RHS is committed to bring the joy of gardening to millions more people, inspire the next generation of gardeners and invest in the future to safeguard a £10.4 billion industry employing more than 300,000 people. We are entirely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and help us secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit  

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