The Vicky Schilling Bursary

The Vicky Schilling Bursary is primarily aimed at giving enthusiastic people the chance to travel in the UK and Ireland to discover and record trees, or help update and improve data already held on the Tree Register.

Funding of up to £1,000 per project is available for successful applicants whose project is approved by the Bursary Committee. 

If you are thinking of applying we suggest discussing your project first with a member of the committee who can guide you towards submitting a successful application. Contact the Tree Register on Tel:01234 768884 or email:

 Download the bursary application form here

Bursary Reports
Argyll and Highland Field Research Autumn 2021
by Paul Greenwood and Briony Smith for the Scotland Yew Tree Heritage Initiative
Our first Bursary report - see the extract on St Columba's Yew published in Newsletter 30

A survey to update historic mulberry trees in England
by Peter Coles of the Morus Londinium Project. 
This project is still ongoing and due for completion in early 2023. See an article extracted from this survey in Newsletter 30

Vicky 1990
Vicky Schilling measuring a mulberry tree for a Daily Telegraph article c.1990
Who was Vicky Schilling? 
Vicky Schilling (nee' Hallett) was co-founder, with Alan Mitchell, of the Tree Register in 1988.
Read our obituary to Vicky from Newsletter No.28 here

Vicky1984  Vicky measuring a tree for an article in the Mid Sussex Times - October 1984

Vicky with the champion Turkey Oak at Knightshayes in 1987

Who can apply?

·         Amateur & student gardeners/horticulturists

·         Serious keen tree enthusiasts

·         Garden owners

·         British & Irish institutions, colleges,

charities and gardens open to the public

·         Members of the European Champion Tree Forum

Which projects can receive funding?

Projects with a very clear relevance to the work of the Tree Register. They include, but are not limited to:

·         Travelling to record new trees or update records in gardens and collections.

·         Study tours - county or nationwide

·         Botanic and historic garden surveys

·         Conference attendance & participation

·         Taxonomy, incl. Research & Education

·         Creation of a champion tree trail

·         Photographing champions trees for the website


Where can the project take place?

Anywhere in Britain and Ireland
(Ref.  Britain/British encompass: England, Scotland, Wales, N. Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey)

 What can the funding be used for?

A bursary may be given for:                                                 A Bursary is NOT given for:

·         Travel & accommodation

·         Tree measuring equipment (e.g. laser rangefinder)

·         Specialist botanical books if relevant

·         Tree Trail leaflet publication

·         Champion Tree labels


How much is available?
The bursary can cover up to £1,000 of project costs 75% is paid at the beginning of the project
The final 25% is paid on completion


·         Covering salaries

·         Paying household expenses (e.g. utility bills)

·         Commercial enterprises

·         Courses which lead to qualification or accreditation

·         Travel outside of Britain or Ireland



How do I apply?

Complete the Application Form if applying as an individual or on behalf of a group of individuals

Then email the completed application form with accompanying documents to by the closing date.


Closing Date

Bursary Committee Meeting

When you will be notified of the Committee’s decision


early February

Within a week of the Bursary Committee meeting being held


early August


Projects underway at the time the Bursary Committee meeting is held will not be eligible for consideration


What are the obligations on accepting a bursary?

·         To submit a detailed written report within three months of project completion which includes a final account of how the bursary has been used. Reports are held by the Tree Register for public reference and may be published on its website or newsletter. Failure to provide a report may see you barred from making further applications.

·         If the project is cancelled, or left uncompleted, you may be required to return all or part of the bursary awarded unless exceptional circumstances apply as agreed by the Bursary Committee.

Download the bursary application form here

RhodoVictoriaHallettRhododendron 'Victoria Hallett' (Tony Schilling)