Ashley received the Melplash Agricultural Society Bursary for three years whilst studying Horticulture at Bicton College finishing in 2014. He studied and gained RHS Level 2 Horticulture Practical & Plant Taxonomy and RHS Level 3 Horticulture Practical & Propagation. The bursary awarded went towards the course fees, travelling, equipment, tools, reference books, etc
Ashley is now a self-employed gardener working for private clients with large gardens as well as working alongside his father maintaining and developing private gardens. He praises the Society for their support in helping him to achieve his horticultural goals which have got him started in the horticultural industry. He is also keen for others to take advantage of the scheme and said:
Ashley commented, ‘The Melplash Agricultural Society Bursary Scheme is an excellent opportunity for those that have a vision for what they want to do but just need a bit of monetary support to allow them to achieve their ambitions. To apply is quite simple and straightforward you just need to download the application form from the show website. They then call you in for a short interview. The team on the panel are very friendly and are very interested in what you are hoping to do and look forward to following you through your education supporting you along the way’.