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AGS member secures RBGE trainee placement

June 27, 2018

We are delighted to announce that the candidate for our sponsored trainee placement at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) has been selected.

Alex O’Sullivan is a young AGS member from Kent who has been fascinated by alpine plants since the age of 11. Now 22, Alex has just completed a zoology degree at the University of Liverpool. His RBGE placement started earlier this month. ‘I am absolutely thrilled and very excited to have been given this chance,’ he said.

There were 34 applicants for the placement. Five shortlisted candidates were interviewed at RBGE in May. The Society will fund the placement for one year.

‘I will be surrounded by experts at RBGE and the experience is going to be fantastic. I’m also looking forward to living in Edinburgh, which seems to be a beautiful and lively city.’

Alex has exhibited in the Novice Section of our plant shows. He only needs two more first places to win his Bronze Medal. ‘When I went to Liverpool, I handed over my plants to my grandparents, Anthony and Kay Cox, who are AGS members.’ Alex has already been to France to see alpine plants in their natural habitat in the Cévennes National Park.

The AGS and RBGE

The trainee placement further strengthens the Society’s relationship with RBGE, which boasts one of the finest rock gardens in the UK. Previously, the AGS has helped fund the refurbishment of the RBGE alpine house and trough yard.

AGS Director, Christine McGregor, said: ‘We are delighted to partner RBGE to fund a trainee. As a charity, the AGS is committed to educating people about alpine plants and this is an excellent way to do so. Alex will learn a lot at RBGE and will be able to pass on that knowledge to thousands of people throughout his career.’

John Mitchell, RBGE’s Alpine Supervisor, added: ‘We are extremely grateful to the AGS and its membership for sponsoring this placement. Alex will be a great asset to the alpine department and we welcome him to the team.’

The placement is an important charitable commitment for us as a Society. We may fund similar placements at other notable gardens in the future.


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