PERCY PICTON was a well known plantsman, gardener, nurseryman, lecturer and broadcaster. The Charity was established by The Wyche and Colwall Horticultural Society in 1987, as a lasting memorial to their late president, who had a special interest in encouraging people to learn more about the world of plants. The society organise an annual lecture to raise funds for the charity. In addition the members of the Society raise money from plant sales and other activities.
The charity is small and qualification for a grant is restricted firstly to people who are resident in the Malvern Hills area and then those resident in the counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, plus the Stratford-upon-Avon district of Warwickshire.
Grants can be available to people following horticultural studies at Pershore College or similar establishments. Help is also given to apprentices and trainees in private and public gardens and nurseries. Research studies related to plants are eligible for consideration. Training should lead to a career within Horticulture, Gardening or Botany
We are grateful to the Great Dixter Trust for enabling the charity to arrange for short time work experience in the garden at Great Dixter. Other locations in gardens and nurseries are usually available.
Funds are available now. Applications are welcome and should be sent to the trustees at the address below.
THE PERCY PICTON MEMORIAL FUND
registered charity number 518787
Mr. David Hodgson, Phelps Cottage, Coddington, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 1JH
telephone 01531 640622
READ MORE ABOUT PERCY PICTON IN THE SHORT BIOGRAPHY ON THE PAGE
PERCY PICTON a life with plants
NEWS AUGUST 2018
Between 2016 and 2018 the PP Memorial Fund has been delighted to help two horticultural trainees from Malvern to further their education and careers.
Dominic is now employed by the National Trust at the world famous Hidcote Garden.
Daniel has just completed his course as a student at The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. The Fund was able to help him undertake a scientific study of alpine plants in their natural habitat and in several Swiss alpine botanic gardens. He has recently been on a work experience course at Great Dixter and learned much about their unique way of using a wide variety of plants. Daniel is now about to work in a Swiss alpine botanic garden and will, this autumn, become a student gardener at RHS Wisley.
Click on the link below to see more.
NEWS DECEMBER 2018
This autumn the trustees have received a number of enquiries. Several have been followed up by applications for a grant. The trustees have been able to award grants to two applicants who are training in practical horticulture, one applicant who is completing a PHd course and one applicant who is undertaking a course in botany, with a view to teaching others.
LATEST NEWS 4th DECEMBER. The WYCHE AND COLWALL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY have raised their largest ever donation for the charity. Thank you to all the members and committeee for such a wonderful effort.
Special thanks to Heather and Kay for their hard work with the brilliant plant stall. TO ALL TRAINEES and STUDENTS of HORTICULTURE please keep the applications coming !
PERCY’S PLACES AND A FEW FAVOURITE PLANTS