Countryside Productivity Scheme – Grant for LED lights
The government, through the Rural Payments Agency has recently announced a Countryside Productivity Scheme grant to assist in the purchase of LED lighting with wavelength control. The grant support is provided to encourage the adoption of innovative techniques.
After clarification from RPA, it is clear that LED lighting tuned to specific, but fixed, wavelengths, as well as systems where the wavelength of light from an LED unit can be adjusted via computer control, can both be considered for grant support. Grants will cover up to 40% of the total eligible costs of a proposal though it is a relatively small grant – for between £2,500 and £35,000.
For more information on the grant scheme see https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-grants-for-led-lighting-with-wavelength-control
Chartered Institute of Horticulture Northern Branch
Young Horticulturist of the Year Regional Final
Sian Nichol wins at second attempt!
Saturday March 14th saw Sian Nichol from Northumberland College’s Kirkley Hall campus beat off seven other regional finalists to take the top prize and a place in the forthcoming prestigious CIH Grand Final at Barrington Court on May 9th where she will compete against seven other Regional Final winners for the Percy Thrower Trust’s £2500 Travel Bursary. Sian won the first prize of £150 plus a spade and fork set sponsored by Bulldog Tools and, along with the other seven finalists also took home a copy of the latest edition of the Collins Guide to Pests, Diseases and Disorders of Garden Plants. This is a new addition to the prizes on offer and has been sponsored by Stockbridge Technology Centre. The prize is known as the Bruce Rigby Memorial Prize and is memory of a branch member who passed away in 2014. With an audience of more than 30 sponsors, employers and family to support them, the eight contestants showed themselves to be amongst the best young horticulturists in the North of England.
The final was held at Northumberland College’s Kirkley Hall campus. The prizes were presented by Chris Parsons (2014 Regional and Grand Final winner) and Nick Smith, the Show Director for the Harrogate Flower Shows, our major regional sponsor.
Sian was competing against seven of the best young horticulturists from across the CIH Northern Region, with 120 students and employees having taken part from six different colleges and organisations in the initial heat round of the competition in January and February, and she will now go on to the Grand Final at the National Trust’s Barrington Court in Somerset on May 9th to compete against the seven other Regional winners from across Britain and Ireland for the coveted Percy Thrower Trust £2500 Travel Bursary and a chance to travel anywhere in the world to study horticulture.
Our Regional Final contestants, in place order, were:
1st – Sian Nichol from Northumberland College (www.northland.ac.uk )
2nd – Ben Preston from York (open heat winner)
3rd – Robert Pendrick from Alnwick Gardens (www.alnwickgardens.com )
4th – Lewis Larmouth from Northumberland College(www.northland.ac.uk )
5th – Simon Grimwood from Alnwick Gardens (www.alnwickgardens.com )
6th – Tomas Pearson from East Durham College (www.eastdurham.ac.uk )
7th – Daniel Green from Askham Bryan College (www.askham-bryan.ac.uk )
8th – Thomas Elliott from Shipley College (www.shipley.ac.uk )
The competition, both regionally and nationally could not run without the generous support of a wide range of sponsors. These include:
Percy Thrower Trust – national sponsors of the Grand Final and travel bursary
Horticultural Development Company (www.hdc.org.uk ) – national sponsors
MorePeople (www.morepeople.co.uk) – national sponsors
Wyevale Garden Centres (www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk ) – national sponsors
Bulldog Tools (www.bulldogtools.co.uk) – national sponsors
The CIH is interested to hear from companies who would be willing to offer financial or other sponsorship at all levels of the competition for 2016 and beyond. Please contact the Administration Team on 01992 707025 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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