The Dorset Gardens Trust aims to encourage conservation, protection and the evolution of historic parks and gardens throughout the county of Dorset. It is a member of the Association of Gardens Trusts and a registered charity, and organises specialist lectures and expeditions. It provides some consultancy and financial help towards restoration and through its schools programme helps to instil an early love of gardens
In July 2008 we launched a Bursary Scheme for research connected with Dorset's historic gardens and designed landscapes. It is hoped that this this scheme will encourage research by students and other qualified apllicants interested in this important aspect of our heritage.
The Trust will offer bursaries of between £250 - £1,000 for research conducted typically over a one year period, or an agreed longer period. Larger amounts may also be considered if the project is shown to require it. It is hoped the applicant will publish the results of the research in a suitable scholarly journal. Subjects for a bursary might involve:
Research into historic gardens or designed landscapes in Dorset
Research into garden designers, garden architects/builders or plant hunters/collections particularly connected with Dorset
Scientific or archaeological research involving Dorset gardens or designed landscapes, eg geophysical survey
The following criteria apply to a bursary:
To qualify, an applicant must currently be a post-graduate student in garden history or a related field (eg archaeology, art history) or hold a post-graduate qualification in garden history or a related field, or be able to demonstrate a record of relevant academic publication. Undergraduates may also be eligible if they are undertaking supervised research as part of their course work.
The copyright of any research will remain with the student but the Dorset Gardens Trust will retain the right to publicise (ie be granted a free license under copyright). The Trust should be advised if any research funded by the DGT is to be published and the Bursary should be acknowledged in any publication.
Any project undertaken must be completed within 12 months of approval of the Bursary unless a longer period is agreed at the commencement. Half of the bursary will be paid when the work is commenced and the balance on completion.
The Dorset Gardens Trust should be given a copy of the research on completion when the request for final payment is made.
Upon completion of the research, the applicant will be asked to prepare a short (1000-2,000 word) summary of the research to appear as an article in the DGT Journal. This is not intended to pre-empt more extensive publication elsewhere.
The decision of the Trust is final.