UK: New HortTech Award launched by the David Colegrave Foundation

The world of horticulture is experiencing rapid technological change and advances in areas such as robotics, artificial intelligence and remote sensing – all part of a move towards precision crop production.

In order to support British attempts to remain at the forefront of such change, the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) announces the launch of a new HortTech Award.

The objective is to support the development of cutting-edge technologies in ornamental horticulture. The award is worth up to £5,000 and is open to the following:  

  • Students who can show a keen interest in HortTech. This interest is likely to be demonstrated through specific practical work in this area.

  • Academics who are actively engaged in the teaching and/or development of horticultural technologies.  

  • Individuals working in this field who are looking for funding to start to develop, or further their existing work on, a bright idea.  

Candidates must be pursuing their work in the UK, and preference will be given to those working in areas and on projects that seek to solve an existing demonstrable problem that is likely to be commercially viable.

Jeff Colegrave, Chairman of the Trustees of the DCF, said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring this new award and are very appreciative of the financial support provided by the South West Growers Group. There is some fascinating work taking place in the field of HortTech and we hope that this award will attract some ground-breaking ideas that need funding in order to develop”.

The HortTech Award is made possible by a significant donation from the South West Growers Show with additional funding from the David Colegrave Foundation.

DCF’s Scholarship Season is open now until 31 January 2021 with five other scholarships available:

  • The Ball Colegrave Sponsored Travel Scholarship awards up to £1,500 to fund travel to the UK and Europe in order to develop knowledge and experience in bedding plant production and marketing.
  • The British Protected Ornamentals Association – Peter Seabrook Bursary awards £1,000 to support the study of commercial horticulture.
  • The Horticultural Research Scholarship awards £2,500 to support applied research within the horticulture industry.
  • The John Gibson Environmental Scholarship awards £1,500 to support environmental solutions and sustainable applications as applied to commercial horticulture.
  • The Student Scholarship awards £1,000 to support studies in horticulture.  

Applicants can apply online at

For more information
Horticultural Trades Association
Horticulture House
19 High Street
West Berkshire
T: +44 (0)118 930 3132
Fax: +44 (0)118 932 3453
NGGV: +44 (0)118 930 2092

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