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Postgraduate researcher receives horticultural award

Posted on 23/02/2017
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(L-R) Sara Oldfield presents Laura Edwards with her prize

Lauren Edwards, a postgraduate student in the School of Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway has received the highly commended prize for the Marsh Horticultural Science Award, presented by the Marsh Christian Trust in association with the Royal Horticultural Society.

Lauren’s prize of £500 was presented to her by Sara Oldfield OBE, Secretary General of Botanic Gardens Conservation International at the annual John MacLeod lecture at the Royal Horticultural Halls recently.

The Marsh Horticultural Science Award, run in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society, recognises the work of, and encourages, new postgraduate scientists to develop careers in horticultural science.

At Royal Holloway Lauren has been working since 2013 with Professor Alan Gange and Dr Tony Stead along with Dr Paul Alexander from RHS Wisley. Their project aims to reduce peat usage in horticulture by improving sustainable growing media with beneficial fungi. 

Commenting on her award, Lauren said,

“I am very grateful for the recognition with this award and I really support the Trust's attempt to encourage more young researchers to study horticultural science. I would like to use this award to help me towards increasing awareness of plant and horticultural science in schools to encourage more students to study these areas in higher education.”

The Trust runs a portfolio of Awards with a number of internationally and nationally recognised organisations such as Barnardos, the British Museum and the Zoological Society of London. The Awards seek to recognise unsung heroes who all aim to improve the world we live in. Recipients of Marsh Awards range from scientists working in conservation biology and ecology, to authors and sculptors from the arts world, and those who give their time unselfishly to work with the young, the elderly, people with mental health issues and for our heritage.”

“We are really pleased to be involved with this Award, which complements perfectly our own efforts to develop the horticultural scientists of tomorrow,” said Roger Williams, Former Head of RHS Science.

“We developed this award in partnership with the RHS because we were concerned that too few bright scientists were choosing a career in horticultural science. Hopefully the award, in a small way, will help raise the profile of this important discipline and encourage more new scientists to aim for a career in horticultural science.” said Brian Marsh OBE, Chairman of the Marsh Christian Trust.

Find out more about the Horticultural Science Prize here

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