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Memorial fund established in honour of Dr Barrie Juniper

St Catherine’s has established a fund in memory of the late Dr Barrie Juniper to support the upkeep and preservation of the College’s iconic garden and grounds.

Barrie was involved in the design and planting of the College’s garden from the very beginning. He clearly recalled his initial conversations with Arne Jacobsen, the College’s architect, and his painstaking work to redraw Jacobsen’s original planting plans to ensure their survival in the lower Thames valley.

Barrie was deeply involved in College life, even after his retirement, and his dedication to the garden, his unmatched horticultural knowledge and his generosity of spirit will be greatly missed by all at St Catz. Read more about his life.

The Barrie Juniper Memorial Fund for the Garden and Grounds will ensure that we can maintain and protect the Registered Garden that Barrie worked so hard to design and grow. A small, dedicated team of gardeners keep the grounds looking at their best, but extra funding is essential to allow us to maintain the trees and shrubs, adapt to the changing climate and promote biodiversity.

At a time where the understanding and importance of mental and physical wellbeing is increasing, the College garden offers a refuge for students, staff and visitors; it is a place for contemplation and inspiration. Students can join the College’s gardening society and enjoy the social benefits of working together to create a space to be enjoyed by all.

In memory of Barrie we will be planting an apple tree in the College grounds; Barrie was granted a Leverhulme Fellowship in 1996, allowing him to collect the DNA of wild apples in Central Asia, and in 2006, he published ‘The Story of the Apple’, tracing the history of the apple from its earliest origins to today. We look forward to seeing Barrie’s tree flourish in the grounds he dedicated so much of his time to.

By a making a gift to the fund today you will be helping to ensure that the St Catz grounds are kept looking their best and that the plants and garden are properly maintained for future generations to enjoy.

How to support the fund

If you wish to donate online:

If you are based overseas, or prefer not to donate online, see other ways to support the fund.

We thank you for considering supporting this fund in memory of Barrie.

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