Congratulations to the winners of the Fred Roche Travel and Study Awards Winners

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03 May 2019


Milton Keynes Community Foundation invited applications for three £500 awards to support students studying horticulture, landscape design, architecture, urban design or arboriculture. The award sponsors were The Parks Trust, The Fred Roche Foundation and an anonymous donor. The Parks Trust’s award was for applicants who would like to apply for an award to help in their studies through the purchase of specific equipment or to fund other general training that could help enhance their careers.

Peter, the winner of The Parks Trust sponsored Fred Roche Travel award is currently studying for his Masters of Horticulture and intends to use his award to conduct an experiment that will gather primary data around the area of Plant Acoustic Frequency Technology for his dissertation. For those of you who may not know what this is - it is the role of sounds in stimulating responses in plants – especially to improve the success of propagation methods including grafting and seed germination.

Peter is currently a tutor and technician at Shuttleworth College and intends to involve students in the collection of data using specialist equipment.

Peter said:

“Completing the M-Hort award, to which the dissertation unit is integral, will enable me to further my career teaching horticulture and also in my work as a gardener and plant salesman – improving my own understanding of plant propagation and best practice. The M-Hort is the highest qualification offered by the Royal Horticultural Society and is widely regarded as one of the highest industry qualifications; completion of the course would enable me to have a greater voice in the horticulture industry and to contribute further to horticultural research.”

Peter is hoping that through his research he can collect enough data to justify further research and eventually hopes to be able to submit his findings to a professional journal contributing to the collective understanding of Plant Acoustic Frequency Technology within the horticulture industry; it is still a topic around which there is far more to be researched and understood.

Hannah Bodley, Head of Marketing and Community Engagement from The Parks Trust said;

“We are delighted to support Peter with this fascinating study which will provide interesting insight for the horticultural industry.  The Parks Trust looks after over 6,000 acres of parkland in Milton Keynes and we recognise the importance of the study of horticulture and encouraging young people in these important career paths.  We hope this will also help Peter with his attainment of the M-Hort award.” 

Huge congratulations to Peter and we look forward to seeing how he progresses and hearing more about his research.

You can find out more about the other two winners in the full press release from The Community Foundation here.



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