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By Helicopter - Direct to Tresco

By Helicopter - Direct to Tresco

Fly direct to Tresco with Penzance Helicopters - making the flight to the Isles of Scilly as memorable as the destination

Before you Arrive

Before you Arrive

Our pre-arrival checklist - from letting us know your travel plans to ordering your wine and groceries

Tresco Offers & Breaks

Tresco Offers & Breaks

From seasonal escapes to wellness and creative breaks and last-minute offers, discover our latest offers & breaks on Tresco Island

Tresco Island Gift Vouchers

Tresco Island Gift Vouchers

From a luxurious spa day or indulgent dinner to a weekend island retreat. Treat someone special to the ultimate island experience.

Eating on Tresco

Eating on Tresco

From beachfront dining to our cosy island inn, get a taste for island-inspired dining with a Tresco twist

Grocery

Grocery

Prepare a grocery pre-order in advance of your stay, or shop online during your time on Tresco, with delivery straight to your accommodation

Events & Experiences

Events & Experiences

From the Low Tide Event to live music, Abbey Garden Theatre and more, discover extraordinary events on the Isles of Scilly

Daytrips to Tresco

Daytrips to Tresco

Whether you're coming from elsewhere on Scilly, or further afield in Devon or Cornwall, a day trip to Tresco is the perfect day out

Abbey Garden Scholarships & Bursaries

With thousands of species of exotic plants from across the globe thriving here, the Abbey Garden is an incredible place for horticultural students to gain invaluable experience. Garden curator Mike Nelhams is involved with various scholarships and bursaries which can help students gain placement in this prestigious botanical site.

The Elizabeth Hess Scholarship

The Elizabeth Hess Scholarship at Tresco Abbey Garden is sponsored by the Studley College Trust with the training and accommodation provided by the Tresco Abbey Garden. Unlike most academic scholarships, it offers a year’s practical training for up to three students who plan a career in botanic gardens. It is very valuable for those who already have a basic training and qualification in practical horticulture and are ready for the next step which will enhance their personal skills and kudos.

The Scholarship gives students the opportunity to live on Tresco Island for a year from September and to become one of the team of gardeners to learn and work. Mike Nelhams is an Associate of Honour of the Royal Horticultural Society in recognition of the high standard of the Scholarship Training in the Abbey Garden. He is also a former scholar himself.

The closing date for applications to this scheme is 1st March annually - the application form can be downloaded by clicking below.

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The Thistledown Horticultural Bursary

The Thistledown Horticultural Bursary provides financial support for a wide range of Horticultural projects both abroad and in the UK. Projects must have a very clear relevance to horticulture to be eligible to be considered - please find guidelines below.

There will be two closing dates for applications annually - 30th April & 31st October. Trustees will award bursaries in June and December.

Exaples of the types of project elegible for funding:

  • Expeditions for plant exploration and collection.
  • Study tours to see plants in Amenity situations or their native habitats.
  • Voluntary work placements in leading botanic and historic gardens.
  • Conferences: attendance and participation.
  • Traineeship: one year paid traineeship at a garden open to the public.
  • Botanical artwork: painting or drawing plants in their natural habitats, or exhibiting at an RHS Show.
  • Other: taxonomy, research, educational, or any other with a clear relevance to horticulture.

The bursary can be used for:

  • Travel, accommodation, food
  • Administration (e.g. obtaining health insurance, travel visa, CITES / collecting permits)
  • Other (e.g. costs of a driver, or an interpreter)
  • Obtaining high quality plant labelling
  • Recording collections

Those eligible to apply include:

  • Professional and student gardeners/horticulturists
  • Plant and soil scientists
  • Botanists
  • Arboriculturists
  • Landscapers
  • Botanical artists
  • Other related professionals

Locations in which the projects can take place:

  • British & Irish Citizens (i.e. holders of either a British or Irish passport) may undertake a horticultural project anywhere in the world.
  • Other passport holders, resident or in employment (for a minimum of two years) or students enrolled on a horticulture course of a minimum 2 year duration in Britain or Ireland might also be considered for a bursary to undertake a project anywhere in the world, if their proposal is considered appropriate and advantageous to their horticultural development.
  • All others may apply for funding, but only for horticultural projects undertaken in the United Kingdom or Ireland.

To download the application form, please click below.

Stay on Tresco

Find your perfect place to stay on Tresco, from rooms and apartments to self-catering countryside cottages and beachfront boltholes, all with Spa & Abbey Garden entry

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