Merlin Trust - grants for young horticulturists

Prizes

Since the Trust was first established there have been over 500 grants for young horticulturists to undertake a wide range of projects at home and abroad.

One condition, in return for receiving a grant, is that at the end of their projects, 'Merlins' must present a written report within 3 months of their return.

Each year all reports are assessed for their eligibility for one of two £500 prizes: The Christopher Brickell Prize is for the best overall report and the Valerie Finnis Prize is for the report demonstrating photographic excellence.

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The Valerie Finnis Prize

Plants, people and photography were three of the primary interests in the horticultural life of the late Valerie Finnis VMH, Founder of the Merlin Trust.

To commemorate Valerie's work and life a prize of £500 is awarded for the report demonstrating the most photographic excellence received during the year.

Some previous winners of the Valerie Finnis Prize:

Author Merlin Title Download
612
A journey through the Western Cape, South Africa: exploring wild flora and Botanical Gardens
604
Bulbs in their historical setting
574
Panama/Costa Rica, Heleconia
540
Puri and Primulas - an AGS expedition Indian Himalaya, Himachal Pradesh 2-24 July 2011
522
An AGS trip to Bhutan
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499
New Zealand
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485
India : Sikkim
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473
The Yunnan Highlands : Echoes of home, an AGS Tour
Not yet available
456
Flora of Yunnan province, China
Not yet available
450
Corsica
Not yet available
430
Tasmania and beyond 2004
Not yet available
409
Chiule
Not yet available
404
Sicily
Not yet available

 

The Christopher Brickell Prize

Christopher Brickell C.B.E., V.M.H. and past Chairman of the Merlin Trust. Christopher Brickell

Chris was Director General of the Royal Horticultural Society from 1985 to 1993 and prior to that was Director of Wisley (1969-1985) and its Senior Scientific Officer and Botanist (1960-1969). He was Chairman of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) Commission for Nomenclature and Registration from 1972 to 2000 and has been Chairman of the IUBS Commission for the Nomenclature of Cultivated Plants since 1979, chairing the Editorial Committee of that Commission for the 1980, 1995 and 2004 editions of the 'Cultivated Plant Code'. He also chaired the RHS Advisory Panel on Nomenclature and Taxonomy from 1994 to 2002 and is a member of a number of RHS Plant and Trials Committees as well as serving on the UK Plant Breeders' Rights Controller's Advisory Panel for herbaceous plants (Plant Variety Rights Office). He is interested in the conservation of both wild and cultivated plants and in 1978 he initiated the formation of the National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens (NCCPG) and the establishment of National Plant Collections.

Chris was the President and Chairman of the Board of the ISHS (1998-2002), having been a Vice-Chairman of the Board responsible for Scientific Affairs from 1994 to 1998. He was also a UK Council Member of ISHS (1972-1999) and has been a member of ISHS since 1968. He was elected a Fellow of ISHS followed by Honorary Membership of the Society in 2002. A past Trustee of RBG Kew and RBG Edinburgh, he has published many botanical and horticultural papers and articles, particularly on monocotyledonous genera and Daphne as well as on horticultural taxonomy, and is the author of a number of books on botanical and horticultural topics. Until 2005 he was consultant Editor of The Plantsman, and he has also edited horticultural and botanical books.

To commemorate his great achievements the trust awards an annual prize of £500 for the best report received during the year.

Some previous winners of the Christopher Brickell Prize:

Author Merlin Title Download
625
The Western Cape of South Africa
585
An exploration of the flora of the Valdivian Rainforests
569
Taurus Mountains, AGS
560
Tresco Abbey Gardens, Isles of Scilly, Work Placement Report
529
From Agapanthus to Brugmansia San Francisco, USA
Not yet available
523
Study Tour of New Zealand
Not yet available
491
In search of Scotland’s Heritage Yew Trees
Not yet available
476
Borneo
Not yet available
473
The Yunnan Highlands : Echoes of home, an AGS Tour
Not yet available
458
PGG Study Tour of South Africa
Not yet available
449
Cameroon’s Rain Forest
Not yet available
441
In the Footsteps of Augustine Henry : an expedition to China
Not yet available
401
Meadows, Screes and Rocks : an AGS expedition to the French alps
Not yet available
383
Mud, Mountains and Flowers : an AGS trek in Bhutan
Not yet available
357
Sichuan China
Not yet available
340
The Pacific Northwest of America
Not yet available
316
Scotland
Not yet available
290/291
Exploring the wonders of Tien Shan
Not yet available
292
USA
Not yet available
293
Ireland
Not yet available
294
Canada
Not yet available
250
Study of Alpines in the Land of the Plant Hunters
Not yet available
147
Autumn in the Eastern Himalaya
Not yet available
131
Study Tour of the Hawaiian Islands
Not yet available
91
Cycads of Eastern Australia
Not yet available
74
Study of the Propagation of Hardy Woody Plants in the USA
Not yet available
51
Land of Extremes- Nepal
Not yet available
40
Japan
Not yet available

 

 

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