Branching Out

The New QEST Scholars and Apprentices are honing crafts as varied as Orcharding, Mosaic Art, Bee Farming and Taxidermy
The Garnered - The Garnered Qest Apprentice Ben Syrett Judd Orcharding Crop
Ben Syrett-Judd Orcharding. photography Credit: QEST

Ben Syrett-Judd is just one of the 27 new scholars and apprentices to have been given funding by the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust to develop their skills in traditional and contemporary crafts.

The Garnered - The Garnered Qest Scholars Stone Carving Dan Russell
Dan Russell Stone Carving. photography Credit: QEST

Ben is embarking on an apprenticeship to learn the necessary skills to graft and prune fruit trees and create and manage a range of orchard styles, including traditional countryside crafts such as coppicing, hedge laying, juice and cider making that are now endangered crafts.

This year’s list demonstrates the exciting and diverse range of activities that the term ‘craft’ covers. It is a word that is rooted in deep traditions yet is ever evolving – covering ancient practices such as stone carving and wood turning to the modern technology that is involved in digital embroidery.

All of these crafts – from age-old heritage to cutting-edge contemporary – are celebrated by QEST as it endeavours to protect our cultural heritage and the future of craft in all its multi-faceted glory.

The Garnered - The Garnered David Morrish Digital Embroidery Qest Montagejpg
David Morrish Digital Embroidery. photography Credit: QEST