The Royal Oak Foundation is pleased to announce two residential fellowships with the National Trust of England, Wales & Northern Ireland for the Summer of 2012. The Damaris Horan Prize in Landscape History provides training and educational opportunities for individuals with a professional interest in the history, management and conservation of historic landscapes and gardens.
Fellowship 1: Health threats to Woody Plant Collection at the National Trust
The National Trust's 200 gardens contain some of the world's most diverse and important collections of plants. Preserving this remarkable biodiversity becomes more urgent every day, as plants are increasingly threatened-by climate change, pests and diseases. This year the National Trust will open its new Plant Conservation Programme's (PCP) propagation facility in Devon and launch a project based in South West England to study the implications of new plant health threats against the Trust's major plant collections. Of particular concern are the Phytophthora fungal pathogens including Phytophthora ramorum which has been found at over 30 Trust properties. This fellowship will evaluate the National Trust's management of key woody plant collections at regional properties in Cornwall-in order to gain a better understanding of how husbandry and curation might help lessen the risk to plant conservation. The fellow will work with the senior gardeners and property staff on a selected group of gardens in the South West with key plant collections and produce a short report on following practices: bio-security, collection management, husbandry, recycling and succession planning at the properties.
Fellowship 2: Mount Stewart Gardens and Lady Londonderry's planting scheme
This 8-week fellowship will focus on the planting history at Mount Stewart in Northern Ireland, one of Europe's most important gardens. Famed around the world for their grandeur and bold planting, the garden's uniqueness is a legacy of their creator, Edith, Lady Londonderry. The goal of the fellowship is to research Lady Edith's garden books and diaries from 1930 until 1957-when she gave the gardens to the National Trust-noting the historical planting scheme and which plants were associated with each area. The resulting report will inform the current renovations to the gardens. The fellow will also investigate how Lady Edith rationalized the design of the garden in the face of diminishing labor and post-war austerity at Mount Stewart. The fellow will develop a report for each year recording which plants were associated with each garden area at Mount Stewart and focus on Lady Londonderry's garden management during and post World War II, considering factors such as diminishing labor, rising costs, unavailability of materials etc.
Who Should Apply:
Applications are welcome from graduates with Bachelor's or Master's degree in one of the following recommended areas: landscape design, horticulture, history, museum education or environmental management. Applications are encouraged from individuals with at least three years of professional experience in one of the aforementioned areas. Citizens of the United States or permanent residents are eligible to apply. Applicants will need an international drivers license prior to the Fellowship and be comfortable with periodically driving alone.