Diana Aitchison Fund

Scottish Rock Garden Club

Grant amount: Up to £2,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Graduate Student Undergraduate Student

Funding uses: Scholarship

Location of project: Preferred: United Kingdom Other eligible locations: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Preferred: United Kingdom Other eligible locations: Anywhere in the world

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The Scottish Rock Garden Club ( SRGC) was founded in Edinburgh in 1933 by a small group of enthusiasts who were interested in promoting the cultivation of alpine and rock garden plants. Originally formed to host meetings and shows, through the years the SRGC added a journal and conferences along with the international seed exchange.

Diana Aitchison Fund

The Diana Aitchison Fund provides grants to be awarded annually to assist in the education of young people who have an interest in alpine plants and who want to follow a career in horticulture.


To permit or help young people who are looking to make a career in horticulture to further their knowledge of alpines.

Diana Aitchison was a keen gardener and plantswoman who set up and ran her own nursery at Spindlestone, near Belford, Northumberland. She left a generous sum in her will to be used to help young people further their careers in gardening, particularly in respect of alpine plants. This resulted in the establishment of The Diana Aitchison Fund, to be maintained and administered by the Scottish Rock Garden Club. The reports submitted by recipients of grants to SRGC Council are greatly valued.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  •  Eligible expenses include:
    • course fees and materials,
    • living expenses,
    • outlay in respect of placements at establishments of gardening excellence, such as botanic gardens, colleges or nurseries, in the UK or overseas.
  • A personal contribution toward the cost of any course would be expected from any recipient.


  • Priority for grants will be given to students following horticultural courses lasting one or more years. 
    • Applications for placement periods, single events or short courses will also be considered.
  • Particular attention will be paid to an applicant's knowledge of, and interest in, alpines;
  • Preference will be given to applicants with a UK element.
    • e.g. a UK-based student, or a student attending a UK establishment.


  • Funds will not be available for expeditions, botanical trips or tours, conferences or associated research.