William Saunders, who won a Student Scholarship of £1,000 while studying for a FDSC in Horticulture at Nottingham Trent University, shares his news since receiving the scholarship…

“I thought about how my scholarship would be most useful in helping me complete my degree and how it might help me achieve my future endeavours in the horticulture world. I decided that I would use some of the money to buy equipment to complete some projects over the summer holidays, putting the theoretical work from University into practice.

I have undertaken two projects over the summer. I have designed and planted a border and also designed a garden and helped to build part of it. I have never had the opportunity to design and then implement my own plans but the money given to me has helped me to do so by allowing me to purchase some tools to help me with the implementation of my designs. Undertaking these projects has taught me a lot of things that I wouldn’t be able to learn in a classroom environment; I have learnt how to plan the timings of a project and how to develop a good client relationship. Every client and their needs are different and it was an interesting learning opportunity.

I am most interested in commercial horticulture and Hydroponics I’ve always found it a fascinating area to learn about. I think this is because they are ever changing, with new and upcoming technologies always making them more efficient. I specifically enjoy seeing how different methods of growing affect plant growth. I intend to do my dissertation focusing on one of these areas; as it will give me a better insight and give me a stronger knowledge base. Not to mention it will hopefully improve my future employment prospects.

I would like to thank The David Colegrave Foundation for giving me the opportunity to grow as an aspiring horticulturist. The money has helped me gain valuable hands on experience and will also help me in the future to achieve my goals. Without the generosity of the foundation I would not have been able to do the things I have done so far; and for that I am extremely grateful. Thank you.”