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May 2018 - EGT Members’ Plant Learning Opportunity!

We have a great opportunity running at the moment for our professional and student members paying their membership subscription by standing order.  We’ve got two tickets to the The Beth Chatto Garden Plant Symposium being held at the end of August.  One is a full price ticket worth £225.00, and the other a discounted student ticket worth £150.00.  You can read more information about the Plant Symposium here:

We’re going to be awarding these tickets by prize draw: the first to an EGT member working professionally in landscape or gardens (designers, gardeners, managers, archaeologists, writers, academics etc etc); the second to an EGT student member who is studying garden design, horticulture, landscape architecture, psychogeography or similar, at either HE or FE levels.  *In both cases, the members must be paying their EGT subscription by standing order*.

Deadline for entry to the Draws is 30th June 2018, so make sure your standing order is in place and then get in touch if you’d like to be entered in either of the draws.  If you’re a landscape or garden professional or student, and not yet an EGT Member, you can join here:

Any students about to complete their studies next month, will be eligible to enter the prize draw for professionals.  

Writtle University Colleg, Writtle Desig, Anglia Ruskin Universit , University of Esse, Capel Manor Colleg, this may be of interest to your students and academics.  

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May 2018 - *£500* Travel Bursary *for Academics*

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new EGT travel bursary designed specifically for Essex-based academics working in the field of gardens, landscape, and the planning and conservation of the same.

The award is for £500.00, and is to contribute to travel anywhere in the world, that enables the academic to visit gardens or landscapes that they have never visited before.  The sum can be put towards travel, accomodation, entrance fees etc; whatever best enables the trip to take place.

In return, we ask that within 12 months of our making the award, the academic gives a 45 minute illustrated talk plus q&a about their trip, to EGT's members and guests, at an Essex-based venue of our choosing.

We hope this will enable the academic to enrich their teaching provision, further their research, and not least, inspire them about the critical discipline to which they are dedicated.

*The DEADLINE for applications to this year's scheme is 30th June 2018*.  If you know of any suitable academics who would benefit from this bursary, please send them a link to this page.  We look forward to receiving their applications.

May 2018 - Writer-in-Residence for EGT

EGT is pleased to announce that it has appointed Bella D'Arcy Reed as its new 'Writer-in-Residence'.  This may be the first such appointment by a county gardens trust.  Bella has won awards for her work as a garden designer, written two books on Italian and Edwardian gardens as well as articles for garden magazines and websites.  She writes fiction, and has won two short story competitions and been short-listed for three.  She is an advocate for accessibility, using a mobility scooter herself (called Snoopy).  Her stories can be read on her own website:  Bella will start this new appointment at EGT with regular thoughts about gardens, landscapes and people on our facebookpage.  Watch out for ‘Bella, the Scootering Gardener’ column arriving there soon!