To commemorate the life of Christine Ladley (see below), a funding initiative in education, travel and work experience has been established by the Trustees of the WFGA and her partner Lars-Olav Nicolls.
The Fund will provide financial support of projects in both horticulture and agriculture with a desire to see those who seek training, reach and fulfil their goals. This funding is open to all WFGA members of 12 months’ standing and who are British citizens ordinarily resident with the U.K. Applicants are invited to present a strong case to receive funding for an activity in pursuit of a new career within the areas of horticulture and agriculture, which they would not otherwise be able to undertake.
Applications for 2016: 1st May - 30th June
Members can download the Application Form and Terms and Conditions from the Christine Ladley section on the WFGA Members Forum
Christine’s life followed a similar pattern to many members of the WFGA, in that she became interested in gardening following marriage. Throughout her varied career she had two principal leisure interests: the theatre and gardening. She acted in numerous plays and developed directing skills, tackling controversial productions whilst at the Open University.
Gardening was an enduring interest, starting with a vegetable patch, then the re-modelling of the garden at her last home. Grasses were a particular favourite and she grew annuals and salad vegetables in a greenhouse. She improved her skills and knowledge and looked forward to gardening becoming her principal retirement recreation. Sadly that was not to be and Christine died in December 2006 at the age of 60.
Had she known about the WFGA earlier in her life, she might well have been a candidate to participate in the WRAG Scheme, the support of which she would most surely have endorsed.