Churchill Fellow urges horticulturalists to apply

Churchill Fellow urges horticulturalists to apply

Receiving a 2015 Churchill Fellowship to research the development, use and management of therapeutic gardens in healthcare settings in Singapore, the UK and the USA was a turning point for Melbourne nurse and horticulturalist, Steven Wells.

Three years later he’s now a guest presenter on ABC Television’s Gardening Australia program, and has been instrumental in establishing a new national body focused on therapeutic horticulture.

Churchill Fellowships enable Australians to travel the world to access knowledge not readily available locally and have influenced some of the country’s foremost horticulturalists including long-time Gardening Australia host, Peter Cundall, citrus grower and expert Ian Tolley and rose petal industry pioneer, Sarah Sammon.

In an exciting development for the nursery industry, a new partnership with Hort Innovation will see three Churchill Fellowships valued at $26,000 offered annually for the next four years, specifically for international research on horticulture.

The successful recipients will need to propose a study topic that is aimed at delivering real benefit to the Australian horticultural industry and, more broadly, demonstrate how the skills and learnings gained from their experience abroad can be shared at home.